What is a Bunion?
In medical terms this is a condition in which the big toe turns towards the smaller toes. In simpler terms this is a lump or swelling and tenderness on the first joint of the big toe and it is not the same as a corn. Sometimes in bad cases this may distort footwear and those suffering will require carefully selected and fitted shoes.
A bunion can often have a fluid filled sac over the joint which is the body’s way of protecting the area and may also be known as a Hallux Valgus. This may often happen after years of stress on the joint, but many believe this common foot problem is hereditary. 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 and this common foot problem can affect young and old alike.
What to look out for
It first starts out with the joint becoming red and sore. This may be because the toes have been constricted in shoes which don’t allow for the forward movement and at every step the big toe has been pushed backwards or sideways causing it to become distorted and bent. This happens to compensate for the lack of room to move.
If the problem presents itself in a young person, orthotics can be purchase to help hold the big toe in place and appropriate footwear purchased to allow the foot room to grow and the toe to straighten.
In a more mature foot the problem will steadily worsen as rheumatism and arthritis get to grips with this joint. After repeatedly wearing the incorrect footwear the bunion will worsen and may eventually be painful. Footwear may then become disfigured as the toes move and are pushed upwards to make way for the deviation of the big toe. It’s important to know that the right shoes should be worn to accommodate the repositioned toes as there can be knock on effects. If the big toe pushes the other toes which then rub on the upper of the shoe 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.