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Bunions & Claw Toes


Non-Invasive Bunion Treatment in Singapore

Bunions, also known as ““hallux valgus” are deformities most commonly recognized by the bulge or swelling you can see near the base of the big toe. Although it may seem as if an extra bone grew on the side of the foot, the protruding bump is actually caused by the big toe deviating from its normal position, towards the direction of the second toe. These deformities start off subtly, but can eventually become painful and unsightly. If neglected, the condition can develop further to cause the toes to overlap, resulting in constant pain in the joint which will not only greatly restrict shoe choice but worse, limit daily activities of the individual.

 

What are the causes of bunions?

Wearing heels is not the primary cause of bunion development, if that was the cause then every woman who ever wore heels would have painful, unsightly forefoot protrusions and lumps. Bunions are actually caused by a variety of factors which include:

  • Genetic Heredity
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Unsuitable Footwear

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What are the symptoms?

Patients with this condition will usually experience

  • Pain in and around the toe, corns at the peak of pressure
  • Redness and swelling at the joint contracture
  • Restricted movement
  • Pain at the base of the affected toe.

However, there can be circumstances wherein no pain is felt at all and only the visible bump is observed.

Is treatment possible without surgery?

As experts in biomechanics of the lower extremity, a podiatrist can offer you non-surgical management solutions with tailored advice for ergonomic shoes, orthotic insoles and suitable treatments using therapeutic modalities.

 

A Podiatric specialist will:

  • Assess the joint functions
  • Employ methods to reduce strain on the joints
  • Treatment to revascularize the joint and encourage healthy tissue formation
  • Prescribe customised foot orthotics to help control foot function, reduce long-term damage and pain

In Singapore, prescription shoes insoles are commonly used as a conservative treatment method for patients who prefer a non-surgical solution. However, for severe bunion conditions a Podiatrist may recommend surgery by Orthopaedic specialist doctors.

 

In Singapore insoles for arch support are oftentimes required for post bunion surgery so as to keep the foot in the optimal position. Moreover, this helps to facilitate the proper recovery and prevent reoccurrence of this condition.

 

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