What Causes a Bunion?
A bunion is usually caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. However, the bunion is not what is inherited, it is certain foot types that make one more prone to developing bunions. Congenital foot deformities and foot injuries may also lead to the development of bunions.
Wearing shoes that crowd the toes will not cause bunions, but they may contribute to the progression of the deformity and make symptoms appear sooner.
There are several symptoms that may appear at the site of the bunion including:
A large bump on the outside of the base of the big toe
Redness, swelling, or soreness around the joint of the big toe
Corns or calluses develop where the toes overlap
Intermittent or persistent pain
A burning sensation
Restricted movement of the big toe, especially if one also suffers from arthritis
Bunions are very easy to identify due to the prominent bump at the base of the big toe. Depending on your specific situation, we may take x-rays to fully determine the degree of your deformity and thoroughly asses the changes that have occurred in your foot.
As we’ve stated, bunions are a progressive deformity. They do not go away, and become gradually worse over time. When it comes to bunions, however, not all cases are the same. Some bunions will progress more rapidly than others. After we have evaluated your bunion, we can create a treatment plan that is best suited to your needs.
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