A bunion often appears when the big toe leans inward. Protrusion of
the joint at the base of the toe becomes much more noticeable when a
bunion develops. Bunions can be painful, and because the condition
can cause nerve damage in the toe, numbness may result. There may
also be a higher risk for osteoarthritis when bunions appear. When
the toe joint is misaligned, your risk of falling increases because
the ability to maintain your balance may decrease.
What Causes Bunions?
Though bunions can be an inherited condition, wearing tight shoes is
known to cause them and exacerbate the problem. Wearing high-heeled
shoes with narrow tips is also associated with bunion formation.
Though ill-fitting shoes can contribute to the development of
bunions, even people who wear shoes that are comfortable and not too
narrow get bunions. Other conditions that increase the risk for
bunions include splayfoot, flatfoot deformity, poor connective
tissue, joint disease, short muscles in the calves, and a short
calcaneal tendon. Men are not as inclined to get bunions as women
How Can Bunions Be Prevented?
You can help prevent bunions by wearing flat shoes that feel
comfortable. These shoes should offer plenty of toe room. Walk
without shoes so your toes are in a natural position and the muscles
in your feet can get stronger.
If you have Bunions
in Hyde Park, find Mitchell
Foot & Ankle at
www.hydeparkfootdoctor.com or call Dr. Mitchell’s office to schedule an appointment and have your Bunions in Hyde Park treated.
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