A Bunion (Hallux Abducto Valgus) can develop when the big toe is pushed from its normal alignment and forced by pressure into an abnormal position.

Bunions tend to be hereditary.

Often accompanied by a wide forefoot and low arches.

People who are very flexible often develop bunions.

They are more common in women than men, possibly due to wearing shoes that are too tight.

Symptoms include redness, swelling and pain. The big toe tends to stiffen and arthritis sets in.

Treatments include padding, orthotics, marigold ointment, exercises, etc. Surgery may be necessary if conservative treatments fail.

Do not wear high heels, ballet pumps or thin flip flops.

Seek professional advice as soon as possible to reduce the long-term effects.

Contact me for a consultation in my Lymington surgery for treatment of your bunions.