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A bunion is a painful bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe which usually gets worse over time. Surgical removal commonly involves part of the toe bone being cut or removed and the bones being realigned.
Tightened ligaments and tendons cause the middle and end joints in the toe to contract, causing the toe joints to curl downwards. This condition is often caused by arthritis. Treatments can include physio, or surgery for severe cases.
Flat feet or fallen arches cause the arch, instep or inside of the foot to be flat on the ground when standing (normally it should be raised). Treatment is usually in the form of corrective insoles (orthotics) in shoes. Surgery is rare and usually only used when the foot needs straightening.
Lumps like ganglions beneath the skin can be removed if they are causing pain or difficulty with footwear.
A condition that often occurs with bunions: the toe bends downwards at the middle joint. This usually happens in the second toe and causes the middle toe joint to rise up. Suitable pads, shoes and exercises can treat this condition. Surgery is used to treat severe cases.
This develops when the edge of the toenail grows down and cuts into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling and/or bleeding. Over the counter remedies usually solve the problem. In severe cases surgery is possible to remove some or all of the nail.
This is minimally invasive foot surgery; any surgical procedure on the foot that uses the latest technology to make fewer, smaller incisions, resulting in reduced tissue damage and scarring. Cases can often be treated on a day patient basis.
A surgical procedure that involves part of a bone being cut to shorten or realign it. It is sometimes performed as part of bunion surgery, or to relieve pain in arthritis cases, and uses general anaesthetic.
A condition also known as Hallux Rigidus, a form of degenerative arthritis, which causes pain and stiffness in the joint where the big toe meets the foot. Using shoe pads and shoes with plenty of room may help, but surgery may be necessary if pain continues.
Injections can be part of a treatment plan to relieve pain, stopping nerves from sending pain signals to the brain and reducing painful swelling. Cortisone (steroid) injections reduce inflammation and can last for several months.