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Bunions: What are they?

Today’s blog features the first in a three-part series on bunions. I’ll be writing on three areas of this common deformity, which plagues many of us, including: 1) what are bunions, and what are the symptoms? 2) how to treat them? and 3) how do you prevent them?

What is a bunion?

Simply put, a bunion, also called in medical terms a hallux valgus, is a deformity of the base joint of the big toe, or more specifically is a bony, lumpy deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. The bunion will start to make the big toe point towards or inwards towards the other toes on the foot. It can happen in either foot. In most cases the root cause is unclear. In many cases this foot problem starts in early adulthood but as we age our feet spread and the problem tends to worsen.

Are bunions hereditary?

Funnily, bunions can run in the family. They may be just one of many problems caused by weak or poor foot structure. Sometimes, they develop with arthritis. It’s because wearing tight shoes, such as high heels, forces the foot bones into an unnatural shape over time. So, in summary, this foot issue may cause the foot to rub on shoes, which may cause inflammation and pain. Good footwear is often all that is needed to ease symptoms.

Ouch! What are the symptoms?Bunion - part 1

A bunion may swell, turn red, feel tender, and feel tender to the touch and hurt. Over time, this spot on your foot may become shiny and feel warm when you touch it. Ouch! In this case, make an appointment with your local Reflexology Therapist.  It “could” be a bunion or some other problem. Don’t guess, find out!

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

I acknowledge that this image is borrowed from The Foot Institute on April 3, 2017. Thank you!


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