What Are Bunions?
A bunion forms when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes inflamed and enlarged, and often the big toe bends towards, and in some cases even overlaps, the fourth toe. This happens due to a sideways force being applied to that joint, as a result of the arch of the foot losing its height. Our feet are vulnerable to a loss of arch height as we age, and if we are carrying extra weight or are on our feet for long periods during the day.
Lesley Vaughan, Kingston-upon-Thames
Can We Help with Your Bunions?
In most cases the cause of the bunion is a loss of arch height in the foot. This is corrected with the use of prescription innersoles (orthotics). These orthotics restore the normal arches of the feet and this can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort of your bunion and prevent it from developing any further. If the bunion is very severe it may be necessary to undergo surgery on the big toe, and then orthotics will be prescribed to prevent the corrected foot forming a new bunion.