Bunions (Hallux-Abducto Valgus)
It grows on you…….
Bunions are often misunderstood foot problems. People often think that bunions are extra bone grows on the side of the foot, this is not the majority cause of bunions. Bunions are caused by a rotational deformity of the 1st metatarsal. When the arch is not supported the 1st metatarsal collapses and rotates.
These deformities can start off subtly, but can eventually become painful, unsightly, limit daily activities, and greatly restrict shoe choice. Wearing heels is not the primary cause of bunion development, if that was the cause then every woman who ever wore heels would have painful, unsightly forefoot protrusions and lumps.
Bunions are often associated with capsulitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, sesamoiditis, extensor tendonitis, flat foot, high arch, hammer toe, claw toe, retracted toe, flexor hallucis longus and 2nd metatarsal overload.
Bunions are not the end of the world, there are 4 stages of bunion development, the last being when the toes overlap or there is a constant pain in the joint.