This bunion seemed to form on my right big toe around time of my PD diagnosis in Nov 2011, although I had noticed my walking was a little different for a year or so before this. The podiatrist thought the bunion was related to wearing mule style shoes ( backless) too much, as well as fact that my left leg is shorter. the podiatrist provided some inserts ( right side thicker than left - a surprise to me) and advised greater variety in shoe type as long as they are wide enough in toe box, sensible and of course comfortable. I have broad feet anyway so have always chosen shoes as carefully as possible and that is why mule style shoes seemed appropriate in recent years. Now I find mules offer less support so they are off menu now. In past months the bunion has increased in size, is more painful and is starting to push toe over a little plus ingrowing toe nail. I am waiting for another podiatry appointment but this is a slow process. I now believe that Parkinson gait changes are causing this bunion development and wonder if anyone has experienced similar and can offer any information or advice. Is there anything available that could help straighten / improve toe alinement? In addition I have wondered about getting a pair of shoes custom made, however I have googled this without success in UK.
Looking forward to replies.