What’s a Bunion — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Bunion” may sound like a frightening word, but trust us, it isn’t. Ultimately, this issue comes down to properly caring for your feet.

When you think bunion, you may remember a scene from the popular television show, Parks and Recreation. It’s where Andy Dwyer, the shoeshiner, meets Ron Swanson, a venerable, no-nonsense City Hall employee with a plaguing foot issue. But rather than seeing Andy for a shoeshine, Ron pays for a royal foot care treatment on his bunion that goes comically awry.

Bunions aren’t only an issue for older folks. Contrary to popular belief, they can affect younger individuals, too. That’s why it’s important for all ages to consider the proper preventative care to avoid any potential problems. 

What is a bunion then? 

A bunion is a bump that forms on the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of your big toe. (A “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion” can sometimes form on your foot’s smallest toe.) Bone or tissue in this area moves out of its natural position, causing the big toe to bend towards the other toes.

MTP joints carry much of your body weight. Between walking and everyday activities, friction and stress ensue, and the pain of a bunion progressively worsens. Even shoes become more difficult or impossible to wear.

How do I know if it’s a bunion or something else? 

Here’s a simple checklist of symptoms:

Why does this happen?

There is a range of reasons why this condition occurs. From genetics to injuries and more, it’s a foot deformity precipitated by abnormal pressure and motion.

Causes: 

Prevention and ongoing care

There are ways you can significantly alleviate and avoid the annoyance of a bunion.

Here’s how:

Contact us today to set up an appointment to begin your recovery.

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