What is a bunion?

Bunions are bony lumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, often caused by wearing poorly fitting or styled footwear.

Symptoms include redness, swelling and pain which may be present along the inside margin of the foot.


Many bunions can be managed to prevent pain without surgery. We will advise you on choosing shoes that conform to the shape of your feet helping to prevent deterioration of the bunion. Generally, those with supportive features and broad toes are best. We may also suggest protective pads to cushion the painful area.

If your bunion has progressed to the point where you have difficulty walking, or experience pain despite accommodative shoes and the wearing of orthotics, you may need surgery. Bunion surgery realigns bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves so your big toe can be brought back to its correct position. We can advise on how and where you can seek the help of an Orthopedic or Podiatric Surgeons and write letters of referral on your behalf.

Our Patients Charter

Your Chiropodist will tell you

  • Why you are in pain
  • How long your recovery should take
  • How many treatments you should need.
  • Explain the treatment options and ask you to agree before treatment begins.

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