This blog by Sydney Foot Solutions is about podiatry, health and your greater well being.

Sydney Foot Solutions are experts in alternative but effective ways to treat your feet, without invasive surgery or orthotics. The benefits to you are the elimination of pain, permanent physiological improvements to your body, and the ability to wear the footwear of your choice.

Natural Alternative Treatment for Bunions in Manly Vale

Sydney Foot Solutions are local podiatrists who provide a non-surgical treatment option for people with bunions in Sydney’s Northern Beaches –  Manly Vale, Balgowlah, Fairlight, Queenscliff, Brookvale, North Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Allambie, North Balgowlah, Manly, Mosman and surrounding suburbs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a deviation of the big toe joint towards the middle of the foot. In many cases, if treatment is put off, a bony growth may develop at the bunion causing a bump or an enlargement on the side and over the top of the big toe joint, which may cause foot and ankle pain. Given that there is a misalignment within the joint, bunions are usually but not always painful, and generally result in osteoarthritis within the big toe joint. Bunions are commonly associated with irritation in footwear, and are often a source of embarrassment due to the changed appearance of a sufferer’s feet.

How many people get bunions?

Research shows that bunions are extremely prevalent in Australia, affecting ⅓ of the population. Over the age of 60, it’s suggested to be as high as 70%. When left untreated bunions can also be linked to other risks and complications.

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What Causes Bunions & Bunion Pain?

Bunions are caused primarily by the way that someone walks and stands. Foot mobilisation is the technique we use at our podiatry clinic, and through this method we mobilize the joint and then strengthen the muscles around that joint to reinforce that positive position. Bunion Treatment Manly Vale

Symptoms of a Bunion


Bunions tend to lead to pain and soreness at the big toe joint, the 1st MTPJ. Though persistent pain is one of the most common signs that a bunion requires treatment, pain itself isn’t always the best guide on what is happening with your bunion. In fact, a bunion can be 90% advanced before a person even feels any pain or discomfort at all. But as the condition progresses, the pain is often indicative of a more advanced issue. If a bunion is especially sore it may mean there is degenerative change or osteoarthritis.


Soft tissue swelling is common in and around the 1st MTPJ as the joint begins to protrude outward. The skin becomes inflamed and red, and the inflammation may persist for prolonged periods of time if the bunion goes untreated.

Bony Lump

When the big toe joint becomes misaligned, a noticeable bony lump will often form on the outside of the toe. The bony lump causes a more noticeably defined bump on the outside of the toe joint, and this is typically a sign of a more advanced condition.

Decreased Mobility

As the joint becomes mispositioned, you might also experience a loss of mobility in the affected toe. The loss of mobility could also be the result of persistent pain or pressure from swelling. It may also indicate degenerative change or even osteoarthritis through the joint.

Home Treatment & Exercises

Once a foot mobilisation exercise routine is established, we teach you some additional podiatry exercises you can do at home as part of your bunion treatment plan.

The exercises target some of the larger muscles of the foot which, when strengthened, help to support the affected toe and surrounding tissues. This allows the area to heal and realign naturally, with long term results.

In both foot mobilisation therapy and home treatment plans, exercises might include:

  • toe separation
  • heel raises
  • toe rotations

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Normally valued at a total of $100 but for a limited time only $35 dollars. (65% off!)

How we can help:

  • Help to diagnose the underlying cause in your foot pain assessment
  • Treat the underlying cause of your foot pain
  • Still be able to walk barefoot
  • Keep you doing the things you love

So what’s the process?

  1. Book an assessment with our podiatrists
  2. Allow us to assess your foot and diagnose the underlying cause
  3. Come up with a plan to fix your foot pain
  4. Carry out the plan together and fix your foot pain 

Contact us to book an appointment or call our Manly Vale clinic on (02) 8966 9300!

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