Bunions

Do you have a bony bump on the side of your big toe? You may have a bunion.

Illustration of a bunion

What is a bunion?

Bunions occur when your big toe begins to bend toward your second toe, causing a bump on the side of your big toe. Bunions can change the shape of your foot. The area can become red and swollen, and bunions can cause constant or intermittent pain. 

Bunions develop over time, and as the condition worsens, you may find that even the smaller toes of your feet become affected. You may find that you cannot find footwear that fits because of your bunion and that other foot conditions occur such as hammertoe, corns and calluses.

Did you know that a ‘bunionette’ refers to a smaller bunion on your smallest toe?

What can cause bunions?

  • Family history (inherited structural problems)
  • Stress on your foot (e.g., wearing high heeled shoes)
  • Wearing footwear that does not fit you (too tight/too narrow)
  • Being flat-footed
  • Polio
  • Arthritis

How can we help you?

Your podiatrist Daniel will discuss several options to reduces stress and offload pressure on the foot. Our clinic focuses on realigning the metatarsal angle with the use of toe separators, bunion splints and orthotic shoe inserts.

Additionally, Daniel will discuss balance and strength training with you to better improve the condition of your feet.

Call us on 9728 6389 to book an appointment with our podiatrist Daniel today.

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Achilles Tendonitis

Do you feel pain at the back of your heel? You may have Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles tendonitis is a common overuse injury where the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed.

Achilles Tendonitis Diagram

What is the Achilles tendon?

Tendons are bands made of fibrous collagen tissue that attaches muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in the human body. It attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone and it is involved in almost every activity involving the foot (walking, running, jumping, standing on the tips of your toes).

How does it get inflamed?

Overuse can cause the Achilles tendon to develop micro-tears. Runners and people who enjoy sports that involve jumping are more susceptible to overuse injury. Having flat or hyper-pronated feet, wearing unsupportive shoes, and carrying extra weight can also increase strain on your feet and lead to Achilles tendonitis.

What are the symptoms?

There are varying degrees of severity. Initially, you may feel pain during or shortly after physical activity. As it worsens, the pain can be present during everyday activities. The Achilles tendon may become tender and swollen. Sometimes a hard lump can form. In more severe cases, it can become hard to walk.

The Achilles tendon can rupture/tear. When this happens, you may feel a popping sensation followed by pain in the back of the ankle or calf.

How can we help you?

Fairfield Sports Podiatry will assess your foot posture, strength and alignment, and our podiatrist will help decide the appropriate treatment with you.

Tip: You can temporarily relieve the pain prior to your visit by reducing physical activity and applying ice the heel several times throughout the day.

Call us on 9728 6389 to book an appointment with our podiatrist Daniel today.

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