Foot Pain

Who Gets Bunions and Why?

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Written by Nancy

If you have a family member (or several), chances of you getting one are high. Research indicates higher susceptibility to bunions and other foot problems in children with parents who had the same conditions.

Statistics show that at least 60 percent adults have a foot disorder that can impact their mobility and invariably their quality of life. 23% of people between the ages 18-65 and 36% of those over the age of 65 can get bunions.

Therefore, finding out more about bunions can be beneficial to helping you eventually find the right treatment.

About the Hallux Valgus

Hallux Valgus is the scientific term for bunions and is a foot deformity which impacts the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, also known as the big toe. It can cause problems in functionality as well as foot pain.

The flanking divergence of the MTP causes the first metatarsal to abduct. This can lead to the protrusion of a soft tissue and bone on the side of the foot.

There is a higher prevalence of the condition in women impacting 30% women in the United States whereas only 13% men get bunions. This might be due to a number of scenarios that are specific to women.

What can cause bunions?

Other than your genetic makeup, the most common cause of bunions in women are shoes that aren’t the perfect fit. This is caused specially by high heels and cowboy boots that can be too restrictive for the toes and have an inclined sole.

If you wear such footwear for prolonged periods and if you have weaker skeletal maturity, your toes become forced to adapt to the position and cause deformities in the foot.

Injuries and pre-existing conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and polio can also cause bunions to develop as well.

You can take preventative measures to avoid getting bunions, especially if you wear high heels and other restrictive footwear often for work etc.

Treating Bunions

Get in touch with the certified podiatric physicians at The Foot & Ankle Institute of Miami Beach if you or anyone in your family gets bunions often.

They also provide treatments for ingrown nails, fungal infections, heel pain, warts, and painful foot and ankle deformities that may arise from lower spine, knees or hips.

If you’re looking for sports medicine services including physical therapy, plantar fasciitis treatment and cell-based therapy, contact them today to book an appointment!

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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