In the UK, foot bunions are incredibly common. Everyday activities such as walking, running or playing sports can become extremely difficult. Bunions (hallux valgus) are the result of a deformity in the joint of the large toe. Below is a bunion breakdown detailing the causes and symptoms.

  1. Genetic History

Did you know that bunions can be connected to a person’s genetics? If you have certain family members that have bunions then you can be at a higher risk of also developing them. However, genetics are just one of the potential causes.

  1. Arthritis

Within the UK, many people who have stiff ankle joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis can also be at risk of developing bunions. The onset of arthritis in more severe bunions can result in long-lasting pain.

  1. Sports Related Risks

Many people in the UK regularly take part in sports activities that put a lot of unnecessary strain and pressure on their feet. Surprisingly, many people who have bunions or sports injuries still take part in light sports activities. Sports activities like tennis or badminton which puts a lot of pressure on the feet can sometimes increase the probability of a person developing bunions. As you twist and turn on the court or sports field, your sports shoes rub against the base of your large toe and over time this can lead to painful bunions.

Bunion Treatments

Federico Usuelli is one of the world’s most renowned orthopaedic surgeons and at his esteemed foot and ankle clinic we recommend modified orthotics or foot supports. In some specific incidents, we may recommend that we fit an orthopaedic device within the foot sole, comparable to the well-known MBT shoe), and this can help treat initial signs.

Non Invasive Surgery

In bunion cases where a person requires vital bunion attention, then we would recommend our successful non-invasive operation. This methods involves us inserting very small incisions connected to small motors. Our minimally invasive surgery helps to dramatically decrease discomfort and ensure a quicker recovery time compared to say, more orthodox methods. We regularly treat so many English speaking patients from the UK suffering from bunions and around the world at our advanced orthopaedic medical clinic.

If you have any questions relating to bunions or any other types of foot and ankle issues, then please contact our foot and ankle team today and a friendly member of the team will organise a consolation.