Are Bunions Unavoidable?
While some of us have strong genetic dispositions to them, many foot complications are preventable. One foot problem that nearly 25% of people aged 18-65 suffer from is a bunion. Medical experts have noted that there is often a genetic component to bunions – if they’re in your lineage, you might end up with one too. However, even if your genes point that direction, there are ways to minimize the potential.
What is a bunion?
A bunion occurs when the bone connected to the big toe drifts outwards pushing the big toe sideways into the other toes. This can often cause painful hammertoes, corns, or calluses in the other toes. Having a bunion also makes you less stable on your feet, and puts you at risk for developing arthritis in your big toe.
How can I prevent a bunion?
Stay out of heels. High heels squeeze your foot into an unnatural shape, putting pressure on your toe joints and sometimes mashing them together.
Wear shoes that fit. Tight or narrow shoes cram your toes together, putting pressure on your big toe joint. This pressure encourages toe deformity and can exacerbate already forming bunions.
Support yourself. Shoes need solid support to keep your gate in step and not add pressure on your toes.
Check yourself. Know what your feet look like. Check your feet for changes in shape, especially bony bumps around your big toe.
If you notice a large bump around your big toe, it might be a bunion and it might be time to give us a call. Dr. Argiros Mantzoukas can assess the situation and has an array of treatment options for any foot ailment. Bay Podiatry Associates operates three conveniently located offices in Bensonhurst, South Brooklyn, and Bath Beach that are equipped with advanced foot care technologies and a dedicated, friendly staff. Call us today