Bunions

What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe.  It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.  The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.  Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or make them worse.
Risk Factors?
Some factors might increase your risk of bunions:
  • High Heels.  Wearing high heels forces your toes into the front of your shoes, often crowing your toes.
  • Ill-fitting shoes.  People who wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or too pointed are more susceptible to bunions.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.  Having this inflammatory condition can make you more susceptible to bunions.
  • Heredity.  The tendency to develop bunions might be because of an inherited structural foot defect.
Prevention?
To help prevent bunions:
  • Choose shoes carefully.  They should have a wide toe box - no pointy toes - and there should be space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet without squeezing or pressing any part of your foot.
High Heels Could Be One Risk Factor
Should you wish to discuss this further with a podiatrist, phone Riverton Podiatry 

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