A bunion is a painful swelling of the soft tissue, and bone enlargement over the inside of the ball of the big toe. Often the big toe will look as if it is bent in towards the other toes or even can lie across them.
What Causes Bunions?
Biomechanical factors can contribute to the development of bunions for example if you pronate excessively.
Wearing high heeled shoes reguarly increases the risk of developing bunions.
Age increases the likelihood of developing bunions as the ligaments loose strength with age.
What can the athlete do?
Separate the big toe and the next one with a 1 cm thick piece of foam, or try a bunion splint
Shield the bunions by cutting a hole for it in a piece of padding.
See a sports injury specialist or podiatrist and have orthotic devices made.
What can a specialist do?
A podiatrist is a therapist who specialises in feet. They can make orthotic devices for your feet and in bad cases can refer you for an operation on the bunions.
Bunion surgery to realign the joint is a last resort.