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What is a bunion?

Also known as hallux valgus this is a malalignment of the big toe joint which causes the big toe to go off at an angle.  As a result the big toe starts to crowd the smaller toes. It makes the foot wider which causes footwear fitting difficulties and also can give rise to pain within the big toe joint along with the development of painful calluses. Because the big toe joint does not bear weight normally it can also cause pain under the second knuckle joint which will feel like walking on a marble. Although this foot problem can be made worse by certain shoe types it is an inherited condition which makes the foot over pronate at the subtalar  joint.

Aims of surgery

To correct the malalignment of the joint, relieve the pain of the condition, prevent further deformity of the foot and allow a return to normal shoes.


                  Questions & Answers about Podiatric Surgery 

What is the purpose of this information?                              

This information has been designed by a working party of podiatric surgeons.   It is intended to provide you with additional information about your proposed treatment and assist you in making an informed choice. Information specific to your own planned operation will be provided separately. 

Who is responsible for my care?   

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Your treatment / surgery will be undertaken / supervised by a podiatry surgeon who is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgery (College of Podiatrists). 

Podiatric surgeons are not registered medical practitioners (medical doctors), but are non-medical specialists in the surgical and non-surgical management  of problems of the foot and associated structures.

The podiatric surgery team may consist of several different professionals all dedicated to the success of your surgery .


A podiatrist has studied for three years to obtain a degree in podiatric medicine and registration with the Health Professions Council. Podiatrists are independent clinicians, qualified to diagnose and treat foot problems.  Podiatrists may specialise in particular areas of work e.g. the care of the diabetic patient or sports medicine. With the exception of nail surgery, podiatrists undertake the treatment of foot problems by bot invasive non-invasive methods (until recently podiatrists were known as chiropodists).

Podiatric Surgeon:   

A podiatric surgeon is a non-medically qualified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of foot problems by both surgical and non-surgical methods. A podiatry surgeon has completed the training process and may have their own caseload.

 Consultant Podiatric Surgeon: 

After some years of practice within a Health Service Department of Podiatric Surgery, a podiatry surgeon may be appointed as a consultant i.e. the lead clinician. 


If you have any concerns about your upcoming surgery or to discuss and plan your further podiatry care, do not hesitate to contact The Runners Podiatrist 'Phil Thompson 01543 250093

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