What causes painful bunions to develop?
Contrary to popular belief, bunions are not caused by tight shoes. Tight shoes can cause bunions to be painful, but the cause is actually a lifelong instability in the way the foot functions. A muscle imbalance occurs eventually pulling the great toe toward the second toe and the metatarsal bone behind it moves the other way. The boney prominence that you see is the normal contour of the metatarsal bone. Again, it’s the normal bone, but in an abnormal position.
Bunions can be hereditary. Stop and think about if someone in your family also has this condition. If your parents or grandparents have bunions, there’s a good chance that you’ll develop them as well. The good news is you can take steps to prevent the occurrence of bunions or at least slow down the progression by addressing your inherited instability, usually with custom orthotics. Custom-molded orthotics keep your foot in the correct position- delaying or even preventing the development of bunions. Our podiatrists takes impressions of your feet in their most stable position. The molds are sent to the lab where your custom-molded orthotics are produced.
Custom-molded orthotics are one way to help prevent bunions from developing. If, bunions do develop, there are treatment options to keep you comfortable. Click on the link below to find out the latest treatment options available.