Bunion Treatment Sydney & Northern Beaches

Natural Alternative Treatment for Bunions in Manly Vale

Painlessly Treat Your Bunions Without Surgery

Alternative Foot Solutions are local podiatrists who provide a non-surgical treatment option for people with bunions in Sydney’s Northern Beaches –  Manly Vale, Balgowlah, Fairlight, Queenscliff, Brookvale, North Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Allambie Heights, North Balgowlah, Manly and surrounding suburbs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a deviation of the big toe joint 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 joint, which may cause foot and ankle pain. 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.

How many people get bunions?

Research shows that bunions are extremely prevalent in Australia, affecting ⅓ of the population. Over the age of 60, it’s suggested to be as high as 70%. When left untreated bunions can also be linked to other risks and complications.

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What Causes Bunions & Bunion Pain?

Bunions are caused primarily by the way that someone walks and stands. This is why, at Alternative Foot Solutions, we can treat bunions, without orthotics and avoid surgery. Foot mobilisation is the minimally invasive technique we use at our podiatry clinic, and through this method we mobilize the joints back into an improved position and then strengthen the muscles around that joint to reinforce that positive position. As a result, you can avoid having to be stuck in orthotics and avoid surgery.

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Symptoms of a Bunion


Bunions tend to lead to pain and soreness at the big toe joint, the 1st MTPJ. Though persistent pain is one of the most common signs that a bunion requires treatment, pain itself isn’t always the best guide on what is happening with your bunion. In fact, a bunion can be 90% advanced before a person even feels any pain or discomfort at all. But as the condition progresses, the pain is often indicative of a more advanced issue. If a bunion is especially sore it may mean there is degenerative change or osteoarthritis.


Soft tissue swelling is common in and around the 1st MTPJ as the joint begins to protrude outward. The skin becomes inflamed and red, and the inflammation may persist for prolonged periods of time if the bunion goes untreated.

Bony Lump

When the big toe joint becomes misaligned, a noticeable bony lump will often form on the outside of the toe. The bony lump causes a more noticeably defined bump on the outside of the toe joint, and this is typically a sign of a more advanced condition.

Decreased Mobility

As the joint becomes mispositioned, you might also experience a loss of mobility in the affected toe. The loss of mobility could also be the result of persistent pain or pressure from swelling. It may also indicate degenerative change or even osteoarthritis through the joint.

Bunion Treatment Without Bunion Surgery

Most people think that orthopedic bunion surgery is the only treatment when it comes to bunions; however, foot mobilisation is extremely successful in most cases and a non-surgical alternative procedure without using orthotics. Foot mobilisation helps to address the underlying cause, improving the way that someone stands and walks, as well as avoiding surgery in most cases. Conservative management, such as foot mobilisation, is recommended as early as possible, even if the sufferer feels no foot or heel 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 bunion treatment is started, the sooner you can avoid the need for surgical intervention.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy

Foot mobilisation is a hands-on approach that is all about straightening the big toe through gentle and steady realignment therapy, which helps strengthen the big toe, the joint, and the muscles in and around that area of the foot.

In our many years of experience treating feet, foot mobilisation has shown to be the most an effective way to treat a bunion.

The therapy involves gently and painlessly taking the joints of the feet through their full range of motion, which helps to gradually correct their positioning. Foot mobilisation strengthens the entire foot, and in most cases, completely resolves any misalignment issues that can lead to bunions forming.

The benefits of Foot Mobilisation in the treatment of bunions:

  • Gentle hands on technique that is less painful and invasive than bunion surgery
  • Provides very effective results in dealing with bunions without surgery
  • Very little to no risk compared to surgery
  • Patients can remain active during treatment, with no changes required to daily activity
  • No footwear restrictions
  • Strengthens muscles in foot which reinforce the bunion treatment


Home Treatment & Exercises

Once a foot mobilisation exercise routine is established, we teach you some additional podiatry exercises you can do at home.

The exercises target some of the larger muscles of the foot which, when strengthened, help to support the affected toe and surrounding tissues. This allows the area to heal and realign naturally, with long term results.

In both foot mobilisation therapy and home treatment plans, exercises might include:

  • toe separation
  • heel raises
  • toe rotations
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Home exercises are conveniently designed so that they can be completed in five minutes, and often while doing other activities (like showering, sitting, or watching TV). However, exercises aren’t the only way we educate and empower our patients to reverse the effects toe joint misalignment. In addition to the home exercises, there are also a number of ways to ensure that the condition doesn’t worsen after the official treatment concludes, or return years later.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy vs Orthotics for the treatment of bunions

Orthotics are another option often prescribed for the treatment of bunions, however these also have a number of limitations. Orthotics hold the foot in place which means realignment occurs only while wearing them. Without strengthening the feet themselves as foot mobilisation does the alignment issues are not resolved long term.

Foot Mobilisation has several benefits over orthotics as a treatment for bunions


  • Foot Mobilisation effectively treats your foot without being reliant on an external device
  • Foot Mobilisation strengthens the muscles that treat the alignment of a bunion
  • Studies show that the benefits of an orthotics on a bunion is minimal
  • Foot Mobilisation does not limit footwear like an orthotic device that needs lace up shoes in most case

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How we can help you avoid surgery for your bunion:

  • Help to diagnose the underlying cause in your bunion assessment
  • Treat the underlying cause of your bunion
  • Straighten your bunion
  • Keep you doing the things you love

So what’s the process?

  1. Book an assessment with our podiatrist
  2. Allow us to assess your bunion and diagnose the underlying cause
  3. Come up with a plan to treat your bunion
  4. Carry out the plan together with your podiatrist and help you avoid a bunion surgical procedure

Contact us to book an appointment or call our Manly Vale clinic on (02) 8966 9300!

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