We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Bunions

Hallus valgus

A hereditary condition that occurs when there is too much pressure on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe

About

A bunion is a deformity of the big toe. The tip of the big toe tilts towards the smaller toes and a bony lump appears on the inside of the foot and can rub on shoes and become swollen and inflamed. The first metatarsal bone twists and the two pea shaped bones beneath it, called the sesamoids, stop gliding normally which can also cause pain.

What is causing my foot pain?

In this video, Mr Simon Moyes discusses common foot and ankle problems, including plantar fasciitis and bunions, and how they can be treated at The Foot and Ankle Unit, part of The Wellington Hospital.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of bunions icon plus

    Symptoms of bunions include:

    • hard lumps on the sides of your feet, by your big toes
    • big toe pointing towards your other toes
    • deformity of your lesser toes (hammer toes)
    • metatarsalgia or pain under the lesser toes
    • callosities or thickened skin
    • pain under the toes and over the bony lump
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will perform a physical examination to assess your whole biomechanical alignment including whether you have joint laxity (hypermobility), flat or high arched feet, your toe alignment, the presence of toe deformities and the motion of the joints. An X-ray may be recommended if surgery is being considered and in some circumstances a standing CT scan may be recommended to look for 3D wear of the joints in a functional position.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Non-surgical options

    • Footwear advice. Most shoes on the market are narrow, and your specialist may give you advice on fashionable alternatives that put less stress on your feet.
    • Physiotherapy to provide stretches, strengthening exercises and advice on foot and lower limb posture.
    • Bunion splints are available and can be tried but are not very successful.

    Surgical options

    • First metatarsal osteotomy. In surgery, the bony lump is removed and the toe is realigned by a controlled break of the bone and the loose ligaments are tightened.
    • Lapidus first tarsometatarsal joint fusion. This is used in cases of joint laxity or hypermobility.
    • Modern surgery is not painful and requires no plaster cast after the surgery.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top