What Should I Know About Bunions?
A bunion is a large bump on the side of your foot, which is actually just a visual sign of the change in the framework of your foot. With a bunion, your big toe is deviated and forced inward toward your second toe. That actually changes the alignment of the bones in your foot and makes that noticeable bump on the side of your foot that we call a bunion.
There are a few things that people usually don’t know about bunions. Here are five of them:
- Bunions aren’t always painful and if you do feel pain from a bunion, it is usually not until the last stages of the disorder. However, if you wear inappropriate shoes, you will feel symptoms earlier or make the symptoms worse.
- Oftentimes, bunions are inherited. Actually, we don’t actually inherit the bunion, but we inherit our foot shape. Foot shape plays a big part in the development of bunions. So if you have bunions, your parents or siblings may suffer from them as well.
- Women are more likely to suffer from bunion symptoms than men. This is because women’s shoes, such as high heels, generally have tighter toe boxes, which cramp the toes and cause bunion pain.
- Surgery is actually a great option for bunions. Recent advances have made it possible to operate on bunions with a very high success rate. However, there are many other conservative treatment options available before surgery.
- Bunions are a progressive disorder. This means that bunions will get worse as time progresses and become bigger and more noticeable.