Many women will experience bunions sometime during their lifetime. In fact, more women than men will develop bunions due to the prevalence of high heeled shoes for women.
A bunion is a bony lump that develops on the joint near the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal, or MTP). The joint becomes misaligned, and the big toe is forced against the other toes. As a consequence, a protrusion forms on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe – a bunion (hallux valgas).The MTP carries much of your body's weight when walking and running. With so much stress on the joint, a bunion can become very painful if not treated.
Bunions are a result of abnormal motion and faulty biomechanics. When the normal balance of forces exerted on the foot is disrupted, the MTP often bears the brunt of instability and increased pressure.
If your parents developed bunions, it is more likely that you will as well. That isn’t because bunions are genetic. It's because the biomechanics that lead to bunions are genetic. If you wear proper shoes and bunion shoe inserts, you can dramatically decrease the likelihood of developing bunions.
The main biomechanical irregularities that cause bunions are:
Apart from biomechanical irregularities, the following issues and conditions can cause bunions:
If you develop any of the following issues, you might have a bunion:
Choosing the appropriate footwear after bunions develop is crucial for relieving pain. The best types of shoes will provide enough space for your feet to rest comfortably. They will also provide the necessary structure and support to correct the biomechanical issues that initially caused the bunions. Most likely, wearing supportive insoles will reduce your discomfort and prevent your bunions from getting worse.
Choose shoes that:
If you develop a bunion, you should see a podiatrist. Early detection is key to halting its growth. Podiatrists will try to reduce pressure on the bunion. The podiatrist might recommend home remedies to relieve pain:
If these home remedies don't give the comfort you need, your podiatrist might perform the following:
The root cause of bunions is improper biomechanics. Most podiatrists and foot experts will recommend some type of insoles to prevent bunions. Because bunions are associated with flat feet and unstable arches, bunion shoe inserts that provide superior arch support – Tread Labs Stride – will help prevent the development of this painful condition. Stride Insoles will correct your biomechanical deficiencies, keep the foot in proper alignment, and reduce the stress on your MTP joints. Don’t wait until you develop the condition to try a pair of arch-supporting insoles in your shoes. If you have flat feet, a family history of bunions, or a job that puts a lot of stress on your feet, get a pair of Stride insoles today. Your feet will thank you.