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A bunion is a bony prominence on the inner aspect of the base of the big toe and is extremely common in the UK. Bunions normally coexist with hallux valgus- a condition characterised by the big toe drifting off towards the second toe. However, the terms hallux valgus and bunion are usually used interchangeably.
Heel pain can occur in either the front, back or bottom of the heel. It can vary in severity from mild to disabling pain. Heel pain is often the result of problems with your biomechanics (your walking gait) which place stress on your heel bone and the soft tissues attached to it.
Toe deformities are some of the most common foot conditions that can affect both men and women. Although they are often overlooked, these conditions should be taken seriously, because they compromise the balance of the body and may potentially result in further injuries.
Hammer, claw and mallet toes are toes that have lost their normal shape. They may appear crooked and may even cause pain. This foot condition is the result of an in-balance in the muscles that control your toes, causing the toe to bend into an odd position at one or more joints. These problems most commonly occur in the four smaller toes, and more rarely in the big toe.
There are several possible causes for hammer, claw and mallet toes. Among them are: wearing uncomfortable shoes like high heels, problems with the foot structure at birth, joint disease, brain, spinal cord or nerve injury, poor blood flow to your feet and injury.
If you notice that your toes are beginning to take an odd shape, you should seek treatment. If you leave the condition unattended for a prolonged period of time, then surgery may become the only solution. At The Chelmsford, our clients can find some of the best options for hammer, claw and mallet toe treatment Chelmsford has to offer.