Bunion / Bunions Treated in Vancouver

A bunion is an abnormal enlargement of the joint (the first metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTPJ) at the base of the great or big toe (hallux). It is caused by inflammation and usually results from chronic irritation and pressure from poorly fitting footwear.

Bunions (hallux valgus) are a structural deformity of the bones and the joint between the foot and big toe, and may be painful. A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). The big toe may turn in toward the second toe (angulation), and the tissues surrounding the joint may be swollen and tender.

Today the term usually is used to refer to the pathological bump on the side of the great toe joint. The bump is the swollen bursal sac and/or an osseous (bony) deformity that has grown on the mesophalangeal joint (where the first metatarsal bone and hallux meet).

Bunions have a genetic predisposition but their development can be accelerated by poor foot mechanics and accessive stress/strain on the first metatarsophalangeal joint (the big toe!). Custom orthotic inserts help to reposition the foot into a more approapriate position, taking the pressure off the big toe and allowing bunions to resolve over time.


Have your questions about Bunions answered by Dr. Michael Horowitz by calling 604-737-3668 or by filling out the form below. He will respond promptly.

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