What is a Bunion?
In simple terms this is a condition in which the big toe turns towards the smaller toes, meaning the two bones which comprise the big toe form an angle that may stick out. Medically known as hallux valgus, the lump or swelling and tenderness on the first joint of the big toe is not the same as a corn, and can be very uncomfortable wearing the wrong shoes. In more extreme cases this may distort existing footwear and those who suffer from bunions will need carefully selected and fitted shoes.
This common foot problem can affect young and old alike. A bunion may often have a fluid filled sac over the affected area which is the body’s natural defence in protecting the joint. As most feet are born perfect and unless arthritis or similar is in the family, it is more likely that bunions are a result of badly fitted shoes.
What to look out for
It begins with the toe joint aching as well as becoming red. This could be because the toes have been cramped in certain types of footwear which don’t allow for forward movement, and with every step the big toe has been pushed backwards or sideways causing it to become distorted and bent. This happens to counteract the lack of room within the shoe to move freely.
If the problem presents itself in a young person, orthotics can be purchased to align the big toe in the correct place and appropriate footwear can be purchased to allow the foot the space needed to grow and for the toe to realign.
In a more mature foot, unfortunately the problem will progressively worsen as rheumatism and arthritis begin to affect the area. After consistently wearing inappropriate shoes, the bunion will get worse and may eventually be painful. Existing footwear can then become misshapen as the little toes are forced upwards to make way for the alteration of the big toe. It is important that the appropriate shoes should be worn to accommodate the repositioned toes as there can be knock-on effects. Another potential problem arising from bunions is that the other toes canthen rub on the upper of the shoe and corns can then develop.
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Bunion Friendly Shoe Suggestions
Below is a list of shoes which we normally find fit customers feet with bunions or even an inflamed joint/start of a bunion.