Many people in the UK, suffering with bunions  (Hallux valgus) can sometimes associate the colder seasons with bunion pain. Currently, there is no scientific evidence supporting the theory that cold weather intensifies bunion pain. Instead, some doctors are pointing to a theory that links winter footwear to bunion discomfort during the colder seasons. 

Bunions & Footwear

In the UK, during the autumnal and winter seasons, people often wear different styled footwear. In the winter seasons, sandals and breathable footwear once worn in warmer seasons, are soon replaced by boots and more toe restricting shoes.  The conversion in footwear styles can often result in bunion discomfort.

In the colder seasons in the UK, patients who wear restricted footwear can be in danger of irritating the area near the bunion known as the bursa. As soon as the joint bursa becomes irritated, it will become sore and swollen, resulting in bunion discomfort.

Bunion Discomfort

Many fashionable winter boots which are hugely popular during winter, can often lead to bunion discomfort. Bunions are often located on the joint of the large toe which can rub against the material of restricted, ill-fitting winter boots. Women that have bunions but choose to wear heels can also increase bunion pain as their weight is forced towards their toes and bunion, resulting in additional trauma.

Less Restricted Shoes

If you have a bunion, then consider wearing more suited footwear this autumn. Wide, breathable shoes with supple soles are particularly comfortable. As mentioned, winter boots and heels that restrict the movement of your toes and cause pressure towards your bunion are to be avoided.

Immediate Bunion Diagnosis

Patients in the UK suffering with bunions need to have them treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Often, people suffering from bunions will sometimes not experience any discomfort at all during long periods of time. However the longer a patient leaves having their bunion treated by a medical professional, the worse the foot ailment can become. Today, bunion care has come a long way and it no longer has to be a painful procedure.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

When surgery is needed, many people in the UK are looking abroad and turning to minimally invasive surgery. This new method of bunion therapy makes it possible to decrease discomfort, blood loss, post-surgery inflammation whilst also aiding a quicker recovery time, and finally, also minimising damage to any surrounding soft tissues.

Dr Federico Usuelli is one of the world’s most respected and leading orthopaedic surgeons and is leading the way forward in minimally invasive bunion treatment. Dr Federico Usuelli is proud to have successfully treated so many English speaking patients suffering with bunions. Contact our foot and ankle team to discover your bunion care choices, today!