How bunions occur
Bunions occur on the joint at the base of the big toes, thus causing the toe to move towards the other toes. As a result, the bone at the base sticks out, while the skin in this area usually becomes red and sore. Smaller bunions may also develop at the base of the little toe.
What causes them? We cannot always say for sure – sometimes it’s wearing improper shoes, other times they form because of a specific shape of the person’s foot, or due to an underlying deformity or a medical condition. In fact, statistics indicate that bunion pain is most common among people who wear high heels and ill-fitting shoes, and those who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Whichever the case may be – South Coast Sports Podiatry is at your service to administer adequate bunion treatment. We have successfully treated all patients who came to us for bunion pain relief – milder and more acute cases alike.
Don’t postpone going to see a professional – neglecting to treat bunions can lead to complications, including bursitis, hammertoe, or other feet-related conditions that cause pain and swelling.
Should I see a doctor?
While bunions may seem somewhat harmless, if left untreated, they can lead to more severe pain and discomfort. Ultimately, you could have trouble performing certain everyday physical activities, even running or walking.
Some of the most noticeable symptoms of bunions that you can identify yourself include:
- An unusual bump at the base of the big toe
- Redness and swelling at the base of the big toe
- Soreness and chronic pain
- Corns or calluses between the toes
- Limited movement of the big toe
Though these symptoms may not prevent you from normal everyday functioning and don’t require immediate medical help, we advise our patients to turn to a podiatrist for a bunion treatment if:
- The pain at the base of the big toe becomes more severe
- A bump on the base of the big toe grows and starts to create greater discomfort
- You find it difficult to select comfortable footwear
- You notice a significant decrease in the movement of your big toe
Examination and diagnosis
At South Coast Sports Podiatry, we schedule an in-person appointment to be able to examine your feet more closely and determine whether the discomfort you are struggling with is indeed bunion pain. After a physical exam, we may propose an X-ray to get a clearer picture of your condition and determine the best bunion treatment for your specific case.
Bunion pain relief methods can be non-surgical (using adequate shoe padding and inserts, changing the footwear, icing and medication) and surgical (when the aforementioned conservative treatments don’t produce the expected results). When surgical bunion treatment is required, the procedure may involve (based on the specifics of the situation): removing the swollen tissue, straightening the big toe, joining the bones of the sore joint, or realignment of the affected bone(s).
Why A podiatrist?
Podiatrists are university qualified practitioners who specialise in treating conditions involving the entire lower limb, and more specifically, the feet. We can help treat any of the following and more.
What You Get?
Top-quality treatment that is backed by the most recent research and state of the art equipment that is found nowhere else in the Illawarra and South Coast.
Get in touch
Schedule an appointment with our podiatrist to receive the bunion treatment that will produce the fastest and most effective results.