Suffering from a painful bunion, schedule a consultation with our Cork podiatrists today.


O'Driscoll's Podiatry offers a range of bunion treatments and bunion management options for our patients. Our Cork podiatry clinic helps patient’s manage the pain of a bunion and also offers preventative treatment options to stop the bunion from developing.

What is a Bunion?

A human foot can be dived into three parts:

  • The Hindfoot 
  • The Midfoot 
  • The Forefoot

The forefoot or the front part of the foot is made up of five bones. These five bones are called the metatarsal bones.

These metatarsals bones join the toes inside the bone to the midfoot. 

Bunions develop when the big toe becomes angled outward, causing the big toe's metatarsal to stick out at the base of the big toe. 

This can cause the bones to become misaligned, and may cause the forming of a bunion.

How do bunions develop?

The research isn’t yet conclusive on what causes bunions. However, it’s widely believed that wearing poorly fitted or tight shoes can exacerbate the condition. 

There is also a considerable body of research that suggests bunions may run in families. 

Health conditions like gout and rheumatoid arthritis may also play a role in the formation of bunions.

How are Bunions treated?

There many non-surgical treatments for bunions. Most of these are designed to minimise pain and discomfort. 

However, it should be noted that these treatments won’t stop the bunion from developing. 

Some of the treatments we can recommend include

  • Painkillers
  • Bunion Pads
  • Orthotics
  • Ice Packs

Our Cork podiatrists will recommend the right treatment for you. They may also recommend surgery in more extreme cases.

Is your bunion causing you pain or discomfort? Schedule a consultation with our Cork podiatrists today.

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