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Genetics May Cause Bunions to Form

A bunion is easy to notice. The medical term for this condition is referred to as hallux valgus, and is evident by the bony lump that gradually develops on the side of the big toe. It happens from genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move in freely. This may cause pressure to be exerted on the big toe, which can move toward the other toes, possibly causing them to shift toward each other. Many people develop corns or calluses on top of the toe from having it rub on the top of the shoe, and it can appear unsightly. Having an abnormal foot structure may lead to developing bunions, which is why family members may have them. Patients may choose to wear protective coverings over their bunion, which can shield it from the top of the shoe. If you have developed this ailment, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who may recommend surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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