What Are Bunions?
What Are The Symptoms Of Bunions?
- A prominent bony bump at the base of the big toe
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain when walking or when pressure is applied to the bunion
- Diminished range of motion
How Do I Treat Bunions?
- Footwear modification, i.e., avoiding tight shoes with a narrow or stiff toe box. Sometimes an orthopedic shoe may be recommended to accommodate wider width and depth
- Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen
- Bunion splints: Splints are usually made of medical grade plastic with straps at the midfoot and big toe and are designed to straighten out the 1st MTP joint and hold it in place. Some may also incorporate a toe separator between the 1st and 2nd digits.
- Bunion aligner: A thin sleeve for the foot that works to pull the big toe towards the mid-line of the body and bring it back to its natural position without taking up much room in the shoe.
- Therapeutic taping: Taping the 1st MTP joint using athletic tape to keep it in place and discourage misalignment can help to manage pain and inflammation temporarily.
- Padded shoe inserts
- Shoe stretching: Shoes can be stretched in the areas where additional room is required without compromising the overall size of the shoe
- Supportive insoles or custom orthotics
Bunion-friendly footwear, accommodated insoles, bunion splints, therapeutic tape, and shoe stretching are available in our foot clinic.
To schedule best foot care appointment with our licensed Chiropodists (foot specialists), use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338).
Our Toronto foot clinic is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic.
What Causes Bunions?
- Wearing overly tight, narrow, or pointy shoes
- Wearing high heels
- A family history of bunions
- Ballet dancing
- Occupations that require long hours on foot, such as teaching and nursing
- Poor foot mechanics, such as overpronation
- Over the age of 65
- Female (bunions are 10X more common in women than men)
- Have flat feet
- Have arthritic conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
How Do I Prevent Bunions?
- Avoid high heels
- Avoid narrow and pointy-toed shoes
- Flat and roomy shoes with a wide toe box are highly recommended
- Utilize protective and supportive devices such as insoles or custom orthotics, which help reposition and realign the foot to prevent excessive pressure on the big toe joint and correct biomechanical abnormality
Book an appointment for bunions
You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or phoning the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).