Could You Have a Bunion?

Are you experiencing:

Pain at the big toe?

Can you see a bony lump forming on the side of the big toe?

Having trouble fitting into your regular shoes?

More then likely we are dealing with a Bunion

We Treat Bunions

Bunion Symptoms

Pain at the big toe

Bony lump at the big toe

Trouble fitting into regular width shoes

What Is A Bunion?

A bunion can be defined as a bony growth on the side of the big toe. 

Contributing factors with developing a bunion can be due to dysfuctional biomechanics of the foot, tight footwear/ high heels, a wide forefoot and over pronation.

This is where the problem lies: when a harsh repetitive force is applied on the foot for example walking everyday on a hard flat concrete ground with unsupportive footwear, the big toe simply can not activate properly. Developing a bunion is the body’s response to improve its toe off and walking cycle.

What Causes A Bunion?

The main cause of a Bunion is the dysfunctional biomechanics of the rear and mid foot. When the foot heavily pronates at the rear and mid foot the big toe is unable to activate. Due to dysfunctional walking mechanics and inactive big toe, the body compensates by creating a bony growth on the side of the toe (bunion) in order to get a more efficient toe off in the gait cycle.

There are a few factors for developing a bunion:

  • Repetitive activities
  • Long periods of standing
  • Genetic predisposition (Flat feet)
  • Improper foot mechanics
  • Weight gain
  • Age
  • Unsupportive footwear
  • Walking barefoot on hard surfaces

How We Can Help

Manuel Therapy: We help to release tight muscles in the foot and calf through deep tissue massage, mobilisation and foot adjustments, dry needling, shockwave therapy which can help slow down the bunion’s development.

Education: We provide you with the education to understand the exact “why” your developing a bunion and how you can self help the situation with core stretches + strengthening techniques, footwear recommendations and self release techniques to aid the healing process.

Orthotic Therapy: An orthotic device can be a really helpful tool to help re-correct the foot’s alignment and create an arch supporting the foot’s dysfunctional biomechanics. This can help prevent the bunion from getting worse without the need for surgery.