What is that on my foot?
"A bunion is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. The medical name is hallux valgus. - (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bunion/Pages/Introduction.aspx)
When we examine a bunion we are looking to see a number of things;
How large is the deformity?
How painful is it?
How much movement is there in the joint?
Is footwear an issue or is it painful inside the joint, or both?
There are many things that may contribute to a bunion forming, but unfortunately it's almost always completely unavoidable. Bunions are mostly genetic and if it's in your family tree somewhere, there is a chance you have inherited your bunion from someone who has gone before you!
Treatment wise there are two main approaches; conservative or surgical.
Conservative treatment includes advice on footwear, activity, orthotics and cortisone injections. Surgery has come on a long way in the last 20 years or so, success and satisfaction rates are typically high. Surgery however is not a magic wand, it typically works well for most people, most of the time, but not all people all the time.
To discuss your bunion, please contact the Baddow Hospital to make an appointment with Mr Kannegieter.