What are bunions?

Bunions are enlargements of bone on the inside of the first toe joint. Contrary to what many people think, bunions are not caused by shoes. They are actually caused by overpronation and are a progressive deformity. You don’t just wake up one morning and there it is. How fast it develops depends on the amount of excess foot motion a person is born with. The area will often become painful and red.

skeletal image showing bunions

How to control bunions

Controlling the excess pronation can take pressure off the first toe joint and help to relieve the pain. However, it will not change the size of the enlargement and an orthotic can only stop or slow down the progression of the deformity. Only surgery can remove the bone.

Bunion surgery

Bunion surgery is a major undertaking when done correctly however, coupling surgery with an orthotic to correct the underlying pronation forces which led to the deformity, can lead to excellent results.

before and after picture of bunions

Do you have questions about bunion surgery?

Many people have questions and the best thing to do is make an informed decision about treatment, options and outlook. The pain of bunions can be controlled or eliminated entirely with orthotics, footwear and physical therapy.

bunion treatment

bunion wrapped

Non-surgical care of bunions

We provide non-surgical care of bunions with the goal of eliminating symptoms, and halting or decreasing the progression of the deformity. In severe cases we take a multidisciplinary approach.  We will engage in surgical evaluation where needed and refer to those we consider to be the best in their field.

female with sore bunion

At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience. They are trained to diagnose and effectively treat bunions via a range of treatments.

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