What Causes Bunions?

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions refer to bony bumps that form/develop at the big toe's base joint. A bunion typically grows gradually over time, ultimately causing pain and the inability to wear certain types of shoes or footwear. If you live/work in and around Marietta, GA, Dr. Mark Light of East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care offers the following professional guidance to help solve your bunion issues.

What Causes Bunions?

The specific cause of bunions has not been fully understood; however, there are several pertinent aspects and factors that can contribute to its development. 

Genetics/Hereditary Factors

Bunions are thought to have a genetic or hereditary component, so a family history may increase your risk of developing bunions over time. 

Foot Structure & Mechanics

Certain foot abnormalities may increase the risk of developing bunions.

  • Low arches or flat feet have the potential to impact your foot’s stability. Ultimately, the base joint of the big toe can become misaligned, causing a bunion formation.

Improper Footwear

Wearing poor-fitting shoes that are too tight or high-heeled shoes can create unnatural positions for the toes, increasing the risk of bunions.

Medical Conditions &Injuries

Certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, can increase your risk of bunions developing. Any foot injuries or prior trauma to the big toe joint may add to your risk.

Joint Stress & Overuse

Repetitive stress or pressure on the feet, from work or leisure activities can lead to a bunion developing. Examples include prolonged standing, running, or walking.

How Can a Podiatrist Help Prevent Bunion Development & Relieve Bunion Symptoms?

A podiatrist has the skills and training to help halt the progression of bunion development as well as relieve their symptoms. These helpful solutions often involve -

  • Wearing comfortable footwear that provides ample width and toe room.
  • Consider the use of orthotics/shoe inserts, as this offers support for better foot alignment.
  • Avoiding those actions that aggravate the symptoms and pain caused by an existing bunion.

In severe cases where conservative treatments have proved ineffectual, surgery may be a consideration as this may help align a misalignment – eliminating pain and preventing bunion development.

Contact a Leading Marietta, GA Podiatrist for Bunion Relief

If you are experiencing foot pain or suspect you may have a bunion forming, it is important to reach out to Dr. Light or a member of his professional team at East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care for a consultation or appointment. Dr. Light has the skill and training to diagnose and recommend treatment options based on your needs and preferences. East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care can be reached online or at 770-977-8221.