What Is the Main Cause of Bunions?

Find out why bunions occur and what can be done about them.

Bunions are a very common foot deformity that often impacts the large joint at the base of the big toe. Anywhere from 10-25 percent of people will develop bunions. If left improperly managed, bunions can become so large and painful that they can alter the structure of your feet and impact everyday movement and activities. Before this happens let our Chicago, IL, podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, and Dr. Jacob Richey help you get the proper care your feet deserve.

What Causes Bunions?

There are several causes for bunions including:

Genetics While you may not want to hear it, your genetics play a big role in whether you develop bunions. Therefore, if your parents or a close family member has a bunion, chances are good that you may develop one too. Certain foot structures are more prone to developing bunions or other foot deformities, and your foot structure is something you can thank your genes for.

Injury or Health Problems Foot injuries and certain health problems such as arthritis or neuromuscular disorders can increase your risk for developing bunions. If you have had a foot injury in the past or you’re dealing with a neuromuscular disorder, talk with our Chicago, IL, podiatrists about ways to manage your condition to prevent a bunion from forming.

Footwear The shoes you wear are also important for the health and structure of your feet. The reason so many women develop bunions is because of high heels. Shoes that put pressure on the big toe joint such as high heels will make it more likely to develop a bunion. It’s important to avoid high heels (heels over 2 inches) and shoes with pointed toes.

A combination of these factors contributes greatly to whether or not you develop bunions. While you can’t change certain health problems or your genes, you can protect your feet against injuries and make sure that you are wearing the proper footwear.

Our podiatrists can help you find the proper footwear or determine if custom orthotics could improve the overall function and structure of your feet to reduce your risk for bunions.

Affiliated Podiatrists is proud to provide compassionate, individualized care to patients in and around Chicago, IL. If you are dealing with a bunion, or think you might be, then call us today at (773) 631-2079 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Feder, Dr. Kalk, and Dr. Richey.

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