How are bunions formed?

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James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Bunions and bunionettes can result from heredity, arthritis, or misalignment of the foot. But the most frequent cause is the prolonged wearing of shoes that squeeze the toes into pointy or narrow toe boxes, forcing the toes to fold over one another to fit in. Over time, a bunion or bunionette develops. Small surprise, then, that nine out of 10 bunions occur in women.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

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.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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