20 Jan Can a bunion make your whole foot hurt?
Can a bunion make your whole foot hurt?
We see quite a lot of people with bunions in our clinic on the daily. With over 60% of our patients coming in for management/treatment of their bunions, we get asked regularly can bunions make your whole foot hurt?
Bunions are deformities at the base of the big toe that can cause pain and disability — are common and can really slow a person down.
So to answer this question, Yes a person with bunions were more likely to experience pain in their whole foot but also in other parts of their body, including the hip, knee and even lower back.
Bunions may also affect gait, balance, and increase risk of falls in older people, but one of the major implications bunions have on the whole foot is that there is trouble finding shoes they like to wear that don’t cause pain to the foot .Not only that , but as a bunion gets worse, it may also cause hammertoes or crossover toes, or pain in the ball of the foot, called metatarsalgia.
Worst case scenario the misalignment in your big toe can lead to painful osteoarthritis. This can limit the movement in the big toe and cause long term problems not just in the big toe but also affect knees and hips.
The most common concern over a bunion getting worse is that your only option may end up being surgery. Bunion surgery is very involved and can be costly. If your bunion gets to an advanced stage surgery may be the only option, the difficulty with this is that whist surgery can be successful in advanced stages recovery and the pain and swelling associated with recovery is significant.
Fear not though, because here at Alternative Foot Solutions we treat all sorts of foot pain and help patients to achieve their fitness and health goals pain free. What our treatment involves is a course of foot mobilisation, a gentle hand on technique that corrects the bunions and the underlying cause of the bunions with some simple exercises to stop your bunion and foot pain forever!
If you have a bunion or foot pain and think it’s being caused by your bunions you may want to book an appointment with us. At Alternative Foot Solutions, we have been helping people live pain-free and active lives, for over 15 years. Right now, we are offering a $35 assessment for the people who mention this blog at their time of booking. (usual fee $100)