According to research by a BPT JSOnline study, being young and healthy may not always exempt your chances of getting bunions. About 23 percent of people aged 18 to 65 have bunions and 35 percent in people older than 65 get them as well.
Studies show that women are nine times more likely to acquire these bunions, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. The American Podiatric Medical Association concludes that bunions may form at any stage in life, with genetics, injuries and choice of footwear being taken into account.
Bunions themselves are a common problem people face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
· Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
· Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:
· Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
· Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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