What Is A Bunion?


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It's a kind of bony growth, typically on the widest part of the foot (big-toe side). Bunions overwhelmingly occur as a result of excessively tight-fitting shoes; the foot literally reacts by growing extra bone to protect itself. In extreme cases, the big toe may actually be pushed so far over that it slightly overlaps, either over or under, the second toe..

Bunions are more common in women than men. They are more likely to occur during childhood but can happen at any stage in life.

Genetics and any disability the affects balance and walking are risk factors, as are both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

Treatment for bunions is pretty limited. Surgery is an option in extreme cases, but it has limited success and some possible unpleasant side affects. In most cases it's a matter of keeping the bunion from getting worse. Goodbye to high heels. Nightsplints and bunion pads may help to slightly reduce the size of the bunion.

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