Bunions, or Hallux Abducto Valgus (HAV), are a form of osteoarthritis affecting the 1st big toe joint. Bunions are more commonly found in women and can range from very mild to severe cases.
Bunions are commonly caused by biomechanical abnormalities that lead to an increase in plantar pressures through the big toe joint that leads to the formation of osteoarthritis and a breakdown of the joint structure. Other factors such as footwear, genetics, what type of sport you play and age can all contribute to a bunion forming.
Many people believe that nothing can be done about bunions and whilst they are irreversible, there are many things that can be done to
1) Manage your symptoms and
2) Prevent them getting worse
As there are many causes for bunions, it is important to have a thorough examination to establish what factors are responsible for the bunion, the best way to manage it and how to prevent it from getting worse. All forms of treatment are ultimately designed to prevent surgical intervention.
Our Podiatrists are able to correctly assess, diagnose and manage your bunions effectively.