Foot and Ankle Pain Specialist
Who Is Most at Risk to Develop BunionsTuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00
Bunions, bony protrusions at the big toe joints, can develop due to a variety of factors. While there are lifestyle factors that can contribute, you are more likely to develop bunions if they run in the family, and if you have a certain foot structure. Wearing narrow and ill-fitting shoes increases the chance of bunion formation. Other risk factors for bunions include foot injuries, deformities, activities that place repetitive stress on the feet, or conditions such as arthritis. You can take preventive measures against bunion formation, such as wearing comfortable shoes with adequate toe space and low heels. However, if you already have bunions, they cannot be reversed except through surgery. If you are experiencing pain from bunions, or if you want to address potential risks, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward an appropriate treatment plan.
What Is a Bunion?
Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.
- Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
- Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain and tenderness
- Callus or corns on the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.