Bunions are a deformity of the metatarsal joint (the base of the big toe). This thing develops when the first toe (big toe) pushes against the adjacent toe, forcing it out of alignment.
Bunions can cause pain and discomfort in one or both feet. While they can occur in people of all ages, they are more common in women than men. Statistics show that about one-third of women will develop a bunion in their lifetime. There are several treatment options available for bunions, including wearing wider shoes, using over-the-counter pads and cushions, or seeing a podiatrist for more advanced treatment methods.
1The Most common Causes of Bunions
Bunions can form for a variety of reasons, including wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, inheriting faulty foot structure, or even stress on the feet. If left untreated, bunions can progress and lead to other foot problems.
Wearing tight, narrow shoes
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons report that wearing tight, narrow shoes is one of the leading causes of bunions. The shoes put pressure on the toes, causing them to bend unnaturally and rub against each other and grow larger. Over time, this can lead to pain and difficulty walking.
If you are someone who wears tight shoes often, make sure to give your feet a break by going barefoot or wearing looser fitting shoes occasionally. This will help to stretch out the toes and prevent the formation of bunions.