Frequently Treated Condition
A bunion is an osteo-artritic condition usually affecting the big toe (can also affect the small toe - called a bunionette!!). It is generally caused by instability in the joint, which may be due to foot type, a short 1st metatarsal bone, incorrect shoes. The body tries to increase stability by laying down bone, though it is not even and thus creates the arthitic changes within the joint. It can cause painful, swelling and can make it difficult to wear some shoes.
This is a very common condition which is an inflammation of a tendon on the base of the foot which creates pain in the heel, especially first thing in the morning. This can be very debilitating but can be very easy to treat. Myofascial therapy, low level laser therapy, strapping and orthotics can all be very effective at treating heel pain.