Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 65 suffer from bunions, 35% of those ages 65 and older have a bunion, and women are more likely to have bunions occur on their feet than men. Often time people believe they are too young for bunions to occur or that they will not find themselves struggling with the issue at all, but bunions can form at any age of life due to a factors ranging from genetics, footwear, and injuries to the big toe joint. If you a bunion is starting to form, avoid wearing heels higher than two inches and wear shoes with a wider toe box. It may also be a good idea to wear a bunion pad inside your shoes to further slowdown bunion growth.
If you are experiencing bunion pain, you may want to see Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor can diagnose the severity of your bunion and take the proper measures in treating the foot ailment.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
- Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
- Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.