Bunions can affect Anyone! Even Victoria!

Bunions can affect anyone! Even Victoria!

bunion can affect Anyone
Yes that Bump there is no exempt even to the famous Victoria Beckham. The shoes may be the latest fashion, but they certainly are doing very little for that bunion. So we ask what is a bunion? and how can we treat them? Here are a few bits of information from the Athlone Foot & Ankle Clinic.
What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body’s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The Big toe joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible. A bunion can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a  “tailor’s bunion”.

BunionDepending on the degree of the deformity, treatment options vary. The concept of the restricted joint in a bunion is true, so if you feel that the big toe joint is beginning to become stiff and restricted you need to start getting it moving. Exercises like below are very important:

bunion exercises


Along with this further treatment such as orthotic devices to improve foot function is key.This will address the motion of the two arches in the foot; the longitudinal arch, which is the obvious one that many refer to as the foot arch, and the anterior transverse arch, which runs transversely across the mid-foot. In some cases, wearing a proper-fitting orthotic will address the underlying foot function, helping to deter further progression of a bunion deformity.

Bunion Ortotics


So now you know. There are different type, shapes and sizes. But ultimately if it is causing you problems you should get it seen too.


Call the Athlone Foot & Ankle clinic today to see about a visit to a Podiatrist if you are suffering or what more information about your bunion.

Call on 085 1911271 or 0906420003

Email info@costapa.ie

How Diabetes Affects the Feet

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Athlone Foot & ankle Clinic

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There’s no sense in pussyfooting around: Diabetes poses a serious danger to your dogs. Having the condition doubles the risk for foot disease. In fact, about 30 percent of people with diabetes who are older than 40 develop medical problems with their feet. The damaged nerves and poor blood circulation that often accompany elevated blood sugar ensure that there is no such thing as a minor cut, scrape, bump, or bruise on the foot when you have diabetes.

While blood-sugar problems can create a dizzying range of hard-to-treat complications, lower-limb diseases that are not properly treated can deteriorate so quickly and so badly that doctors have no other choice but to eliminate the problem altogether. That’s another way of saying that people with diabetes account for 60 percent of all lower-limb amputations in the United States. In fact, a patient with diabetes is 10 to 30 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than a person without the disease.

The Feet

For two sturdy performers who take a daily pounding, the feet are surprisingly complex structures. Combined, your two feet have more than one-quarter of the bones in your body — 26 each. Although they form the foundation for the body, the feet aren’t static blocks but agile and dynamic machines of movement, with more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments apiece. Given their workload and all those moving parts, it’s not surprising that about 75 percent of Americans experience one foot condition or another in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. (Podiatrists are foot doctors.)

The Feet and Diabetes

Chronically elevated glucose levels can damage the nervous system, the wiring that transmits signals from the brain throughout the body. The nervous system works the other way, too: It detects information about the environment and how it affects the body through the five senses. Damaged nerves, or neuropathy, can lead to an array of physical problems and disabilities anywhere in the body. But nerve injuries and other diseases that affect the feet (and lower legs) may be the complications most frequently associated with diabetes. What’s more, the various foot conditions linked to diabetes may be the complications patients dread most.

Annoying and painful symptoms can occur when the brain can’t successfully send messages to the feet. But the even greater threat posed by diabetic neuropathy happens when the feet can’t send information to the brain because they’ve become numb from overexposure to blood sugar. What do your feet have to report to mission control? Plenty. But cuts, bumps, and other injuries that once would have made you wince or howl in pain go unnoticed when your feet lose their feeling.

To make matters worse, dulled nerves probably aren’t your only problem if you have diabetes. The disease can also cause poor blood circulation. Like the heart’s arteries, blood vessels anywhere else in the body can become stiff and narrowed. In fact, 1 in 3 people with diabetes who are older than 50 has clogged arteries in the legs, a condition known as peripheral artery disease, also called peripheral vascular disease. Narrowed arteries diminish blood flow to the lower legs and feet, which can cause pain if you’re walking long distances. More ominously, the loss of blood flow to the feet can prevent wounds and sores from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal, allowing them to grow and spread.

So while occasional bumps, blisters, or cuts are trivial medical concerns for most people, for diabetes patients these minor injuries can turn serious in a hurry. Left ignored and untreated, minor sores on the skin of the foot can turn into severe problems with potentially devastating consequences — namely, foot ulcers.

For more information on diabetes, foot problems, and related topics, contact the Athlone Foot & Ankle clinic today.

CALL Athlone Foot & Ankle Clinic on: 085 1911271 or 090 6420003

Contact us on email on: info@costapa.ie


information taken from http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/diabetes/how-diabetes-affects-the-feet.htm

What is a Podiatrist?


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Podiatrists are specialists trained in the management of all foot and ankle problems including musculoskeletal complaints of the lower limb.

It is not uncommon to find that your lower back or knee complaint is related to your posture and gait caused undue stresses to your musculoskeletal system. A Podiatrist would use sophisticated gait analysis equipment to assess these ailments and may treat your complaint using orthoses (specialist foot insoles), steroid or cartilage lubricating injections, as well as specific exercises for treatment of your complaint. Podiatrists commonly treat morons neuroma, heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendon problems and pain in the balls of your feet with these techniques.

Podiatrists at Athlone foot & ankle clinic also perform minor skin surgery for treatment of persistent corns and verrucas and remove ingrowing toe nails permanently under local anaesthetic. If you have a more severe structural or functional complaint, a podiatrist may request for you to be seen by a Podiatric Surgeon, a specialist in foot and ankle surgery.

All of our podiatrists work with athletes and treat sports injuries on a regular basis, returning them promptly to their chosen sport. Specialist marathon running advice is also available.


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