Sometimes those shiny designer shoes in your wardrobe can be your most painful ones. The narrow shape and high heels can look gorgeous but they can also have long term consequences with your feet such as bunions. A bad fitting pair of shoes aren’t the only cause of bunions as sometimes they can run in the family and sometimes it’s just bad luck that you can get one.
So what is a Bunion?
A bunion, also known as a Hallux Valgus is a swollen, bony lump on the outside edge of your foot which angles your big toe towards your second toe. This misalignment causes swelling, irritation and a burning sensation which with time can get progressively worse. It can also encourage the growth of corns and calluses. Ironically with time you may find it difficult to find shoes which can actually accommodate your bunion’s shape.
So is there a solution?
Yes – although Bunions are a complex deformity there are a few options which can help such as:
Foot padding, shoes modifications, anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics and injections are all options that can help you live with your bunion. However, if your symptoms are severe you may want to look at a more permanent solution such as Bunion surgery.
There are actually several types of surgical procedures used to treat Bunions here at Baddow Hospital, Essex but your consultant will be able to discuss your symptoms and decide the best option for you. As a general rule bunion surgery is a day case procedure and you should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. In short you will need to be sensible and take it easy avoiding all weight-bearing exercise, walking and prolonged standing for the first 6-8 weeks after your operation. However, within a couple of months you should be back to normal.
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