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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 a bulge or swelling you can see near the base of the big toe. Although it may seem as if an extra bone has grown 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 subtle, but can eventually become painful and unsightly. If neglected, the condition can worsen, causing the toes to overlap, resulting in constant pain in the joint which will not only greatly restrict shoe choice but also severely limit daily activities of the individual as well.

 What are the causes of bunions?

Wearing heels are not the primary cause of bunion development; if that were the case, then every woman who has ever worn 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

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, some patients feel little or no pain and the only sign are the visible bumps on the edge of the feet.

Is bunion treatment possible without surgery?

As experts in the anatomy of the lower extremities, podiatrists offer non-surgical treatment solutions that are personalised for your needs. These treatment modalities can include ergonomic shoes, orthotic insoles or ESWT treatment to break up calcium deposits and stretch the ligaments and tendons. However, for severe bunion conditions, a podiatrist may recommend surgery by orthopaedic specialist doctors.

 

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

While surgery will help to remove the bunions, it does not prevent relapse. Other measures must be taken to remove the underlying causes of the problem, which is the encroachment of the big toe upon the next toe. To do so, orthotic insoles are often required post bunion – surgery to ensure that the patient is provided suitable arch support to keep the foot in an optimal position, thus facilitating recovery and preventing reoccurrence.



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