Conservative treatment of Hallux Abducto-Valgus (Bunion)
A bunion is formed when the big toe moves towards your small toes with a large bump on the inside of your foot.
Conservative treatment of Bunions aims at correcting the deformity allowing for improved movement at the big toe joint and reduction in "bump" noticed on the inside of your foot.
Shoe Insoles (Orthotic supports) can help with pain reduction. A video 'Posture and Gait Analysis' appointment will determine your suitability for Foot Orthotic management. At this appointment we film you walking so that we can examine your foot movements in slow motion.
Bunion Night splints may help slow down the progression of the disorder. They are worn only at night, allowing you to wear you normal shoes during the day.
Bunion Day splints can be worn inside your shoes in the day time and help straighten you big toe.
Physical therapy is used to address underlying muscle imbalances in the foot the may be contributing to your bunion. The physical therapy team at Fitter Feet works closely with you and your podiatrist to establish a treatment program.
Therapeutic laser can be used to increase mobility and give pain relief.
Ostenil Injections have been shown in recent studies to reduce pain associated with arthritic changes at the big toe joint. Usually a course of 3 injections are performed over 3 weeks into the painful joint. Local anaesthetics are used to allow pain free injections.
Steroid injections into the painful joint are also available to reduce pain; your podiatrist will discuss with you the most suitable conservative treatment.
You can also learn more about the surgical solution for this problem.