Bunions are a particular issue that affects many people. Some people with bunions say that the condition does not affect their quality of life, but others say that bunions become painful over time. Many people bear with having bunions and adjust their daily routine to accommodate the condition. Whatever the reasons behind leaving bunions unattended, they must be treated. Here at Orthopaedic Associates of Long Island, we have minimally invasive treatment strategies to help relieve bunions and restore your quality of life. Here are a few causes behind bunions and how we can help you address the issue.
If you have family members with bunions, there is s significant chance that you could develop them also. Many experts believe bunions can be hereditary and passed down through families. Genetics determines the structure and shape of your feet, and if bunions run in your family, it may be why you’ve developed them too.
Poorly Fitting Shoes
Some medical experts believe that the footwear you choose can contribute to developing bunions. Wearing shoes that don’t fit your feet properly, like shoes that are too small, can affect your toes’ alignment. When this happens, it can alter the shape of your foot, causing bunions as a result. Also, some believe wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to bunion development. If you aren’t sure if this is true in your case, speaking with our experts can help identify the cause behind your bunions.
Sudden trauma to the foot can alter the shape of your feet and their bone structure, causing bunions. Ways that you can seriously injure your feet and cause bunions can include
- A car accident
- A fall from height
- Sports injuries
- Fractures from exercise
When to see a Doctor
Over time, bunions can be the leading cause of several painful complications. For instance, leaving bunions untreated can contribute to Hammertoe, a condition that causes an abnormal bending of the middle joint in the toes, which can be painful. Also, bunions can lead to bursitis, and Metatarsalasia, both debilitating conditions. If you’ve experienced pain from your bunions, don’t wait. Please speak to our experts, who can find the best, minimally-invasive treatment plans to fit your needs.
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