What causes bunions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

While bunions can sometimes be genetic, wearing high-heeled shoes is often the culprit. What classically happens is you step in these high-heeled shoes and you squish your toes into the bottom of the shoe, and the toes kink a little bit, which makes the bone stick out.

There's no need to worry about bunions if they aren't hurting. It's not a big deal unless they bother you.

The best way to avoid bunions is to avoid shoes that are likely to contribute to their development. Once the angle starts to go off the wrong way, your foot becomes inefficient as you walk. That's why younger women in particular ought to pay attention to this issue.

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