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Various Reasons Why Bunions May Develop

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

The common foot condition known as a bunion can be unflattering. It is a deformity that affects approximately 30% of the population. A bunion is defined as a bony lump that forms on the side of the big toe. Research has shown it can develop from genetic reasons or possibly from the shoes that are worn. Many people wear shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, and a bunion may start to form. Additional reasons why a bunion can occur include enduring an injury that may alter the structure of the foot. This may contribute to having damaged ligaments, and can cause a misalignment of the big toe. If the bunion is large, it may cause the big toe to shift toward the other toes, and this can cause pain and discomfort. Patients often need to purchase larger shoes that can accommodate the bunion, and it is suggested that medical attention is sought. There are several treatment options for bunions, and if you are afflicted with one, it is strongly advised that you contact a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best one for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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