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All you need to know about bunions and hammertoes  

Despite being a crucial component of overall well-being, foot health is frequently disregarded. Two common conditions that can significantly impact your daily activities are bunions and hammertoes. Here at Louisa Seymour Podiatry, we frequently encounter patients grappling with these conditions. In this article, the causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventive measures related to bunions and hammertoes will be displayed. 

What Are Bunions? 

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. It occurs when the big toe pushes against the adjacent toe, leading to misalignment of the joint. 

Symptoms 

  • Swelling and redness around the big toe joint 
  • Persistent or intermittent pain 
  • Restricted movement of the big toe 

Causes 

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes 
  • Hereditary factors 
  • Arthritis 
  • What Are Hammertoes? 

Hammertoe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. It typically affects the second, third, or fourth toes. 

Symptoms 

  • A noticeable curling of the toe 
  • Pain or discomfort when moving the toe 
  • Corns and calluses on the toes 

Causes 

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight 
  • Muscle imbalance 
  • Trauma to the toe 
  • Diagnosing Bunions and Hammertoes 

A thorough examination and imaging tests, such as X-rays, are typically required to diagnose these conditions. At Louisa Seymour Podiatry, we offer a comprehensive diagnosis to understand the severity of the condition and recommend suitable treatment options. 

Treatment Options  For Bunions 

  • Non-surgical treatments: Padding, taping, and shoe inserts 
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Surgery: Bunionectomy for severe cases 

For Hammertoes 

  • Non-surgical treatments: Padding and toe separators 
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Surgery: Tendon release or joint fusion 

Prevention 

  • Choose well-fitted, comfortable shoes with ample toe space 
  • Regular foot exercises to strengthen muscles 
  • Early intervention when symptoms appear 

Conclusion 

Understanding bunions and hammertoes is the first step toward effective treatment and prevention. You should speak with a healthcare provider for a personalised treatment plan if you are struggling with these problems. At Louisa Seymour Podiatry, we are committed to providing excellent foot care for a variety of conditions, including bunions and hammertoes. 

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