Our feet carry the load of everything we do all day. Because of this, it isn’t uncommon for our feet to develop issues such as bunions. The doctors of Archstone Foot and Ankle Institute in Torrance, CA, would like to answer some of the most common questions about bunions.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a deformity that causes the slender bone of the toe to grow away from the rest of the toes. They are formed when there is an uneven weight distribution on the toe joint. It is most common in the big toe, but can affect other toes.
Are Bunions Genetic?
Bunions, themselves, are not hereditary. However, the conditions that cause them to happen (such as a unique structure of the foot) can be passed down.
What Are Risk Factors for Bunions?
While having parents or extended family with bunion issues doesn’t guarantee bunions in your future, certain risk factors such as bone structure and health can be passed on. Other risk factors can include:
- Improperly-fitted shoes (and nearly all high heels);
- Frequent standing, walking, and use;
- Trauma or injury to the foot; or
What Are Some Prevention Options?
To prevent bunions from forming, it is important to wear comfortable shoes that adequately fit. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time on your feet. Minimize standing on concrete without a mat. If your job requires you to be on your feet, be sure to wear quality shoes designed to accommodate this. Additional inserts that are recommended for high/flat arches or special circumstances should be implemented.
What Are Some Treatment Options?
As of right now, the only real treatment for bunions that exist is surgery. For mild bunions, there are options for inserts and exercises that can help minimize the continued growth of the bunion. For more severe cases, there are a few surgeries designed to treat the issues including straightening the toe, or fusing toe joints together.
Bunions are a problem that many people face. If you are in the Torrance, CA, area and are unsure whether or not you have bunions, or unsure what to do about them, contact Archstone Foot and Ankle Institute for a consultation. Our experts will help answer any questions you have and can help you get on the path to relief. Call (310) 326-8551 to schedule an appointment.