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Bunion Treatment Cairns – Hallux Abducto-Valgus

Bunion treatment Cairns is available at each of the FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics clinics. Bunions, otherwise known as Hallux Abducto-Valgus, is a progressive disorder that is characterized by a lump on the inside of your big toe. With bunions, the big toe is forced to lean towards the 2nd toe and causes the head of the 1st metatarsal bone to not sit correctly in the big toe joint. This deviation of the bone also leads to an irritated bursa (fluid filled sac) on the inside of the joint, which can slowly enlarge and lead to significant swelling in the area. Bunions treatment Cairns is best actioned early, to prevent progression of the condition and the development of subsequent foot problems.

Bunion Symptoms – Cairns Treatments

Bunions have the potential to cause significant discomfort.

  • Pain in or around the big toe joint.
  • Swelling or redness involving the big toe joint.
  • Deviation of the big toe towards the second toe.
  • The second toe often begins to develop a clawed position to help make room for the big toe.

Bunions can slowly progress over time and have the potential to cause significant discomfort. The big toe joint is the main joint that is used for propulsion, with walking or running. If the joint is impaired, this can lead to people having to make compensatory changes with their walking, which can lead to secondary issues. Whilst Cairns bunions are generally pain free in their early stages, early treatment is vital in order to slow the progression of the condition. What often starts off as some mild discomfort when walking, can quickly escalate into a chronic condition that can take a long time to settle down.

Causes of Bunions – Cairns Treatment & Diagnosis

Bunions are most commonly seen in the middle-aged population (women > men). The most common risk factors we see include:

  • Family history of bunions.
  • History of poor quality or tight-fitting footwear e.g. high heels.
  • Feet that roll in when you are walking. This leads to more pressure being put through the big toe joint.
  • Tight calf muscles and a restricted ankle joint. This also leads to more pressure being put through the front of the foot.
  • History of previous foot injury or surgery.
  • Rigid high arched feet.

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Our Cairns bunion treatment options are tailored around your individual risk factors.

At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics we diagnose Cairns bunions with a thorough biomechanical examination and history. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be referred for an x-ray to assess the severity of the deformity, and to ensure there aren’t any concurrent issues occurring at the same time.

Cairns bunion treatment at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics

Our Cairns bunion treatment options are largely tailored around addressing your individual risk factors. Given this, your initial consultation will involve a thorough foot and lower limb biomechanical assessment to determine what the contributing factors are for your bunion. As with most foot problems, taking early action for your Cairns bunion treatment is this best idea. This will help reduce the chances of it turning into a chronic condition. Common Cairns bunion treatment options include:

  • Padding and strapping to help off-load pressure from the bunion.
  • Footwear alterations.
  • Regular calf and foot/ankle stretching protocol.
  • Strengthening program to address any underlying weaknesses.
  • Soft, custom foot orthotics to help off-load pressure from the bunion.
  • Dry needling/massage to help loosen off tight muscles around the joint.
  • Surgical referrals are only provided for patients who do not respond to the above conservative options or if pain levels are having a significant impact on their quality of life.

What Is The Prognosis For Cairns Bunions?

As bunions are a progressive condition, successful results are often achieved by early, aggressive conservative intervention. The main aim of our bunion treatment Cairns is to reduce the amount of pressure being placed through the joint, therefore slowing down the progression of the deformity. With the appropriate management in place, surgical referrals are often avoided and patients can return to their normal activities, pain free. Our clinics provide effective bunions Cairns treatment, for a range of patients. So, if you or any of your friends or family are suffering from bunion pain, contact us today and we’ll get you on the road to recovery.