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Bunion is a term used to describe a protrusion of the joint at the base of the big toe, often coupled with a noticeable tendency for the big toe to deviate ‘inwards’ towards the second toe.  There can be many reasons why they develop (for many people it is hereditary, or others as a result of lifestyle or activities) but in the majority of cases they are uncomfortable, and often painful.

For some people bunions can also be caused by poor foot or lower limb alignment, which can be helped by wearing good quality arch supports (or orthotics) – this minimises the ‘unhealthy’ movement in your feet and provides stability to the joints and limb functions. A biomechanical assessment can help to identify these issues – learn more and find your nearest clinic here.

Bunions tend to be progressive, which means they will gradually get worse over time, and if they become painful or severe enough your GP or specialist may recommend surgery to realign the joint. Success can vary with this procedure and there is a lengthy recovery period. The good news however is that there are some things you can do to make your feet more comfortable and to slow down the progression of the condition:

  • FREE FOOT ASSESSMENT: by understanding how your feet and lower limbs are working you can apply support where needed to minimise the pressure on the forefoot and help support better foot function. Click here to find your local store to see if it offers free foot assessments with our bestselling FootBalance range
  • THE RIGHT FIT: it is key to ensure your shoes are a wide enough fit to accommodate your bunion and where possible that they are a softer textile rather than rigid (browse our range of comfort footwear here and here). It can also help to invest in specially designed bunion relief socks which use gentle but effective compression to relieve pain and discomfort in the swollen joint
 bunion on foot