Bunions or “Hallux Abducto-Valgus” are most often characterized by a large bump on the side of the joint at the base of the big toe. It is caused by a bone or tissue enlargement at the big toe joint that can turn the big toe in towards the 2nd toe. The joint and surrounding tissue may be tender or swollen. This can cause osteoarthritis if its not attended to early. This can be a congenital condition or in most women it is caused by wearing high heeled pointed shoes, or poor fitting shoes. These people with flat feet tend to have bunions as well. Bunion pain can be treated by custom foot orthotics or orthopedic footwear with modifications done to the forefoot soles of the shoe to offload the pressure at the big toe, we can also do custom made toe separators to straighten the big toe as well. Gait Maxx Pedorthist are specialists in foot orthotics and footwear. Call us to book an appointment today or fill our online appointment request form.