Bunions – Armadale
To most people a bunion means a bony lump on the side of the big toe, but In reality, the bunion is just one sign of a complex structural deformity resulting in pain called Hallux abducto valgus (HAV).
HAV simply means that the big toe (hallux) starts to move towards the second toe instead of lying straight. The change in position of the hallux creates the bunion.
Bunions can occur for a number of reasons but mainly are a result of an inherited structural defect such as low arches or flat feet, which can then be exacerbated by poor ill-fitting footwear. Irritation of the soft tissues surrounding this part of the foot, mainly from footwear, causes further pain and swelling.
Bunions occur in approximately 30% of the population of most Western countries. They are seen more commonly in women and worsen with age. There are many treatment options available to reduce the discomfort associated with bunions.