Bunions can affect anyone! Even Victoria!
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”.
Depending 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:
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.
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.