Understanding Bunions

Bunions - usually described as stiffness, aching or tension in the back What is a bunion?

Bunions  (or hallux abducto valgus deformities) can cause swelling, tenderness and pain around your big toe. It is a deformity of the joint at the base of the toe. This causes your big toe to point towards the other toes on your foot, and the bone to stick out at the side.

What can cause Bunions?
Bunions may be genetic or may be caused by us wearing shoes, particularly narrow, pointy, uncomfortable ones for extended periods. They can also be related to other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Bunions are not the same as corns or calluses which are areas of hard, thickened skin on the feet. However bunions can also lead to the development of corns and calluses.

Back pain is a common complaint with over 70% of adults suffering at some point in their lives. Most commonly your back pain will be non-specific lower back pain. This means that is not due to any specific disease or serious back problem. However this doesn't stop it being painful and non-specific back pain can last up to 12 weeks.

How to treat bunions
Bunions can be particularly painful when you are walking around, so bunion cushioning insoles or special bunion shoes can help alleviate bunion pain. Painkillers may also help.

You should seek treatment for your bunions, as untreated bunions can lead to further foot problems such as arthritis in the big toe, and problems with your other toes. Bunion surgery may be necessary and your doctor will be able to refer you, to determine whether surgery is appropriate and which kind is most beneficial.