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Got Bunions?

Bunions! If you have them you know where they are. That bump on the joint growing just south of your big toe. While you might want to blame your shoes for your bunion, it would be more accurate to blame your parents (they are such excellent scape goats aren't they). Bunions are most often caused by "faulty foot" structure that is an inheritable trait. Certain foot types increase the risk of bunion growth, although ill-fitting shoes can and do worsen the pain, but they are actually caused by a change in your bone's structure. This causes your big toe to grow at an angle and bump into your second toe, instead of pointing straight. The bones in your foot go all out of alignment, which causes pain and that bump to form on the inside of your foot just below your big toe.

There are certain foot types, such as flat feet, that are more susceptible to developing bunions. Some pregnant women tend to develop bunions too, because hormones can loosen the ligaments in their feet, causing them to flatten.

Shoes do contribute to the pain of a bunion, by rubbing and pressing on the bone growth. So those pointy brown stilettos really are just adding to pain. High heels are terrible for bunions, because they push weight into your toes, cramming them even more. Standing on your feet for long periods of time can also aggravate symptoms.

Fit's Tips: If you are prone to bunions, try to wear shoes that have big toe boxes such as shoes made by Keen or Earth Shoes.


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sierraballet22 sierraballet22 9 years
I have them and they are not fun! Definitely agree, heels make the pain worse, standing, etc. I read up on the surgery and only about 30% of the people who get it are pleased with the results. I recently bought a pair of MBTs and they seem to be helping, but I've just accepted it as part of my life.
silvergirl silvergirl 9 years
There they are!! Have a look you will see that surgery can really remove even big bunions :-)))
silvergirl silvergirl 9 years
I posted some pics but the comment hasn't been approved yet :-/
HotBlonde HotBlonde 9 years
I really want to get mine removed but that means no exercise for two months due to healing time!!! And only one at a time can be removed. I cant go without execise!
silvergirl silvergirl 9 years
I uploaded a pic for you : my feet BEFORE and AFTER surgery : Pretty obvious !!!
silvergirl silvergirl 9 years
I got surgery for mine, they were HUGE and now my feet are normal, no more pain and I can finally wear the shoes I like :-)
Alissa1122 Alissa1122 9 years
Hi, I'm a 4th year podiatric medicine student and was compelled to comment. The information here looks pretty accurate. However, while a pair of well-made custom orthotics can help relieve bunion pain (as well as a wider toe box on the shoe, certain anti-inflammatory medications, other shoe modifications, etc.), the only way to make a bunion "go away" is surgery (for adults, anyway). And yes, there is a genetic component, but gait patterns, foot types, and shoes are also major factors.
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I have bunions. Well a bunion on my left foot as does my mom and my aunt. My aunt and I are active and my mom not so much. My mom wore lots a high heels and me, not so much. I have flattish feet and my mom not so much. My sister has no bunion! I think there is a strong genetic compenent and you can make them worse and they can get worse on their own as you age. I just orthodics and they help alot! They take a lot of pressure off my bunion!
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
Sigh, mine aren't so bad on the left, but my right foot... whew! What the heck! Growing up, my mom thought it was cute that I dressed myself, but she never fixed my shoes. From the time I could put my own shoes to about 6 years old, I wore my shoes backwards and my mother never did a thing about it! And, I also dance until high school, so... :[ Blah. I'm eventually going to have them surgically removed.
merfie23 merfie23 9 years
They aren't really "genetic" they are actually from learned behavior. We learn our gait (walking) pattern and posture from our parents from an early age, that determines the structure of our feet (high/low arches, bunions etc...) I have horrible bunions w/ extremely high arches but I have always walked "like a dancer". There are splints but they throw the rest of you foot out of balance creating the possibility of calcium deposits in other parts of your foot. Really good insoles are an alternative to surgery.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
i wish there was another way than surgery, mine are pretty big and obnoxious. they don't hurt, but they make shoe fitting harder. and now i see why, because i know i have flat feet
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have one from skiing and one from a pair of my shoes... They aren't HUGE, but I ntoice them. How do you get rid of them? Surgery?
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 9 years
Huh, really? I have very flat feet, have worked jobs where I stood for six or seven hours straight and never developed bunions.
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