What Are Bunions?

A bunion forms when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes inflamed and enlarged, and often the big toe bends towards, and in some cases even overlaps, the fourth toe. This happens due to a sideways force being applied to that joint, as a result of the arch of the foot losing its height.  Our feet are vulnerable to a loss of arch height as we age, and if we are carrying extra weight or are on our feet for long periods during the day.

I believe in alternative methods of treating back and foot problems and have done so for over 40 years. I’ve been treated by chiropractors, osteopaths and podiatrists whose methods are effective. The difference between other practitioners and Michael Walker at the Avenue is that their prime objective is to see patients frequently so that they become more dependent on the course of treatments, whereas Michael’s ethos is to get his patients better quickly so that they become less dependent on his treatment. Michael gets to the root of my problem and talks me through the possible causes of discomfort so I walk away having learned about the importance of posture, wearing the correct footwear and avoiding back and foot pain. Thank you Michael!

Lesley Vaughan, Kingston-upon-Thames

Can We Help with Your Bunions?

In most cases the cause of the bunion is a loss of arch height in the foot. This is corrected with the use of prescription innersoles (orthotics). These orthotics restore the normal arches of the feet and this can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort of your bunion and prevent it from developing any further.  If the bunion is very severe it may be necessary to undergo surgery on the big toe, and then orthotics will be prescribed to prevent the corrected foot forming a new bunion.