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What is a Bunion?
By Foot and Ankle Clinic
June 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if a bunion is the source of your foot pain and discomfort.bunion

When people think of bunions they often think that it’s something women get from wearing tight and ill-fitted high heels everyday for many years. While the shoes you wear can certainly affect the health and structure of your feet and quite possibly lead to this bony deformity near your big toe, our Spokane Valley, WA, and Hayden, Kellogg and, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, is here to tell you that anyone can get a bunion and here’s how.

A bunion effects that joint that is at the bottom of the big toe. If you follow the curve of your arches up to your toes you will see that there is a joint that juts out right before your big toe. Of course, if you have a bunion this protrusion will be far more pronounced. In more advanced stages you may even notice that the big toe leans in or overlaps some of the other toes. If so, you may have a bunion.

How do bunions happen?

In most cases, people don’t start to notice a bunion until they get older. All those years of abuse, exercise, poor shoes and health conditions can take their toll on your feet over the years. Of course, if you do develop a bunion, you may want to thank your family for it. Bunions are hereditary. This means that if your mother or father had one, then you’re more likely to have one at some point in your life, too.

A bunion may also be the result of arthritis, a weak or misaligned foot structure, or from wearing tight shoes or high heels.

When should I see a doctor?

Most people don’t notice a bunion until it’s started to cause some pain and discomfort. You may notice that wearing shoes that once felt comfortable now push on the bunion and cause problems when walking. If you find that you are experiencing any pain, particularly when wearing properly fitted shoes with no heels, then you should see our Spokane Valley, Hayden and Kellogg foot doctor for an evaluation.

Foot & Ankle Clinic offers many convenient locations: Spokane Valley, WA, and the Hayden and Kellogg, ID, region. If your bunion is dictating your daily activities, it might be time to give us a call.