Podiatrists everywhere see a number of patients each year who suffer from a Hallux Abducto Valgus deformity, or what we commonly refer to as bunions. This type of foot deformity results in a bump on the outside of the big toe which may cause serious pain for some people. To give you a better idea of what causes bunions and how to treat them, here is what you need to know about this common foot problem.
Believe it or not, some cases of bunions actually run in the family. This is because weak or poor foot structure has been found to be hereditary. Another cause of bunions is arthritis. Arthritis is a disease which slowly deteriorates the joints of the body, which is why bunions are common in arthritis patients. Bunions are also common among people with leg length discrepancies and bunions typically develop on the foot of the longer leg. It's important to be aware that the type of shoes you wear could also be the culprit of your bunions. Since most women wear tight shoes which provide very little support, they are much more prone to developing bunions.
The best way to treat bunions is by wearing the proper footwear. This means that you should stop wearing those high heels or sandals that are cute but poorly fitted. Instead you should get yourself a quality pair of orthopedic shoes designed for those who suffer from bunions. If you have to wear a particular style of shoe for work or just can't find a pair of orthopedic shoes that catch your eye, you can always try a couple of orthotic inserts. These inserts slip right inside of your shoes in order to provide the support and cushioning needed to prevent and treat bunions.