What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a deviation of the big toe towards the middle of the foot. In many cases, if treatment is put off, a bony growth may develop at the bunion causing a bump or an enlargement on the side and over the top of the big toe. Given that there is a misalignment within the joint, bunions are usually but not always painful and generally result in osteoarthritis within the big toe joint. Bunions are commonly associated with irritation in footwear and are often a source of embarrassment due to the changed appearance of a sufferer’s feet.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions occur in over 30 per cent of Australians, and are caused primarily by the way that someone walks and stands. These factors are usually hereditary and as a result, bunions are passed down the family tree. Shoes are commonly blamed for causing bunions, but studies have found that tribespeople in Africa have the same rate of bunion development as people who wear shoes.

Bunion Removal Without Surgery

How to Get Rid of Bunions Naturally

Most people think that surgery is the only treatment when it comes to bunions; however, foot mobilisation is extremely successful in most cases. Foot mobilisation helps to address the underlying cause, correcting the way that someone stands and walks as well as straightening the big toe. Conservative management, such as foot mobilisation, is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no pain. Studies tell us that our bodies only feel pain during the last seven to ten per cent of the progression of any condition. As a result, by the time a bunion starts hurting, significant irreversible damage has occurred. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner the underlying cause can be addressed.

Before Treatment

After Treatment

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For more examples of before and after bunion x-rays check out our recent blog post > 

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