Bunions by Barry Francis the “Foot Surgeon” from the Fyfield Clinic, Enfield and Harley Street London.
Bunions can have a huge effect on people’s quality of life and are particularly common in women and older people. A new study has shown the condition, which is often known as hallux valgus, occurs when a bony re-positioning takes place and swelling occurs over the big toe joint.
Although the cause of hallux deformity is probably biomechanical, people with certain conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and gout are known to be at increased risk. Researchers at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in Keele University, along with other colleagues at La Trobe University in Australia, studied the data on 2831
people, all of whom were 56 years of age or older. 36% of the participants in the study had
bunions, women and older participants tending to be a greater risk than men and
Those affected by bunions tended to have greater pain and physical impairment and a poorer quality of life than those without the condition. An associate professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne stated “our findings indicate that hallux valgus is a significant
and disabling musculo skeletal condition that affects the overall quality of life. He goes on to say that interventions to correct or slow the progress of the deformity offer patients
beneficial outcomes beyond merely localized pain. This is an excellent argument for surgical correction but it is important that those people with bunions, particularly if they do not wish to have surgery, clearly need to give selection of shoes careful onsideration.
Until the next time the Foot Surgeon Barry Francis.