What Causes Bunions?

Find out the main factors that lead to bunions and what you can do to avoid them.

A bunion occurs when pressure on the foot spreads unevenly to certain joints or tendons. This causes the joint in the big toe to become unstable, which over time turns the joint into a hard, bony protrusion that sticks out beyond what’s normal. Find out what causes bunions and how your Phoenix podiatrists recommend avoiding them.

Why do bunions form?

Certain foot injuries, inherited foot problems (e.g. flat feet) and congenital deformities of the foot can predispose someone to developing bunions. Bunions can also be caused by certain kinds of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.

While there is much debate about whether poorly fitted shoes can cause bunions, your Phoenix podiatrists believe that it can be a risk factor. This means that high heels and shoes that crowd the toes can make it more likely that you may develop a bunion at some point in your life.

How can I prevent bunions?

Unfortunately, if your bunions are due to heredity, such as an inherited foot defect it will be difficult to avoid this condition. If you’ve been told that you have a structural foot deformity then you’ll want to see your Phoenix podiatrists often to make sure you are doing everything possible to protect the health of your feet.

Also, if you have been diagnosed with arthritis, the pain can make it difficult for you to walk properly. If this is the case it’s time to talk to us about ways to manage your pain effectively so you aren’t putting undue pressure on certain areas of the foot that could lead to bunions. Everything from over-the-counter and prescription pain medications to certain orthotics can go a long way to helping combat your arthritis and make it easy to walk.

One of the easiest ways you can avoid bunions is to wear the proper shoes. This means ditching those shoes that lack support, cramp up your toes or have a high heel. High heels naturally push the toes into the front of your shoes, which can cause cramping and crowding. Wearing shoes like this for extended periods of time can leave you susceptible to bunions. Be smart about your shoe choices if you want to prevent this foot problem.

Do you think your foot problems are due to a bunion? The best way to find out and learn how to properly treat your condition is to schedule an appointment today with your Phoenix podiatrists, Dr. Michael Dershowitz and Dr. David Lee. Call the Southwest Foot Institute today at (602) 340-8686!

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