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Bunions Can Be Partially Caused by a Muscle Imbalance

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

A bunion occurs from repeated stress that happens on the outside of the big toe. Wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely may cause a bunion. High heels can fall into this category, and it is a condition that is more prevalent among women than men. It is defined as a bony protrusion that develops on the side of the big toe and may cause the other toes to shift toward each other. It is known as a progress foot deformity, and many patients develop bunions for genetic reasons. It is considered to be an imbalance of the muscles and ligaments, where they are either too tight or too loose. The big toe may have a limited range of motion, and walking may be painful. It is common for calluses to form on top of the bunion, and this can be a result of the shoe rubbing against it. In addition to its obvious appearance, an X-ray is often performed that can determine the severity of it. A bunion is a foot condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and if you are afflicted with this, it is suggested you schedule an appointment as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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