What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth that is formed inside the base joint of the big toe. The big toe pushes against the second toe or “long toe” causing a bump to grow outwards from the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can become sore and cause pain from constant rubbing against the inside of your shoe. There are also bunionettes or Tailor’s bunions which are the same growth found in the joint of the little toe.
Here at Better Braces we provide proper bunion splint support to help realign and reduce the pain from your bunion.
These symptoms are also found with bunionettes.
- A growth or bump in the joint at the base of the big toe.
- Swollen big toe, redness or soreness around the joint.
- Corns and calluses where the big toe overlaps the second toe.
- Pain or stiffness especially in the area surround the joint at the base of the toe.
Although there is no clear answer to how bunions develop, there is higher chance of bunions developing according to types of footwear as well as inheritance of certain foot types.
Types of footwear that may contribute to bunions:
- High heels
- Narrow toed shoes
- Ill-fitting shoes
The above footwear have a common factor, the toe section of the shoes tend to be narrower. This forces the toes to overlap into a constrained position, forcing your foot to widen at the forefoot in order to even out the weight distribution along your foot.
If the bunion is causing pain, your doctor or physiotherapist may prescribe you with anti-inflammatories or pain medication such as Analgesics. Other treatments might include:
- Ice: to reduce inflammation
- Toe splints: for correcting foot and toe posture (see our “Hallufix Bunion Aid Splint”)
- Surgery: may be the only medical treatment available if bunions are not treated early and advance to further stages
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