A bunion is a bony projection that forms at the base of the big toe. It forms when the big toe is pushed closer to the second toe forcing the joint of your big toe to stick out. The skin covering this area might also get inflamed and become red and sore. Bunions can also form by wearing tight fitting shoes or by a medical condition like arthritis. This can often be very painful for patients and, whilst surgery is the main treatment method for bunions, physiotherapy can help to relieve the pain and pressure on your foot so surgery may not be required.
How can physio help?
A physiotherapist can advise you on exercises you can do to lessen the issue that caused bunions in the first place. They will also provide techniques on how to decrease pressure on the inflamed joint and thereby increase the range of movement for your foot. They could also do acupuncture to provide some pain relief. They may suggest using Kinesio tape that helps with the pain because it “pulls” the joint into a better position and it makes walking and exercising more comfortable.
If you are still experiencing a high level of pain and discomfort thereafter, you may need surgery to fix the issue. After surgery, a physiotherapist can also help with rehabilitation and returning your mobility back to normal by using techniques to help with balance and strength of your foot.
If you feel that physiotherapy can help you overcome and manage your pain caused by bunions, please contact Home Physio Group on 0330 335 1016 to talk to our team, or alternatively, please use the contact form on the website and we will reach out to you.