Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, is a bony and often painful lump on the outside of the big toe that forms when your big toe gradually pushes against the second toe.
Symptoms of Bunions
- Redness and swelling around the area
- Tenderness when you touch it
- Pain that is constant or may come and go
- Limited range of motion of the big toe
- Very visible bump and the big toe may point inward
- Corns or calluses
Causes of Bunions
- Poorly fitting footwear such as tight and high-heeled shoes can cause bunion
- Genetics may also play a role in the development of bunions
- Foot structure and Leg length.
- Inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Physiotherapy Treatment of Bunions
The focus of physiotherapy for bunions would be reducing pain and slowing down the progression of the condition, as well as enhancing overall foot function and health. Physiotherapists may utilize various techniques such as the use of modalities like ultrasound and TENS for pain. Additionally, they may perform gait analysis and help address any abnormal patterns that may contribute to the exacerbation of bunions.
If you have bunions that are bothering you, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!