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Blame the Bunion, Not the Shoe


Many women suffering from bunion pain have heard someone scold them for their impractical shoe choices. If you are one of these women, it’s time to stop feeling responsible for your condition. Despite the common perception that bunions are caused by high heels, Abductovalgus is a complex condition that is brought about by a variety of factors.

Arthritis Foot Pain

It’s Not Just the Shoes!

Many women suffering from bunion pain have heard someone scold them for their impractical shoe choices. If you are one of these women, it’s time to stop feeling responsible for your condition. Despite the common perception that bunions are caused by high heels, Abductovalgus is a complex condition that is brought about by a variety of factors.

What is a bunion?

A bunion, or Abductovalgus, is a deformity of the foot that is created when the foot must bear weight unevenly. Contrary to popular belief, a bunion is not a growth. Rather, it is a malformation caused by a displacement of the bones in the foot. The bunion is brought about by pressure to the side of the big toe. Pressure causes the toe to drift inward toward— and sometimes over or under—the other toes. this angulation of the big toe causes the head of the metatarsal bone to jut outward. Swelling around this misplaced joint creates the malformation that is commonly referred to as a bunion.

Genetic predisposition

It’s Not Just the Heels
While wearing high heels can be extremely uncomfortable when you have a bunion, it is unlikely that heels are the initial cause of your pain. In fact, it is possible to have a bunion that causes no pain at all until other factors like trauma or ill-fitting shoes exacerbate it. And, while some high heels fit poorly, any type of shoe can cause or exacerbate foot pain if it fits incorrectly.
Bunions develop as a result of bearing uneven weight. While poorly fitting shoes can distribute weight unevenly in the foot occasionally, the actual structure of the foot causes uneven weight bearing at all times. It is very common for people to inherit flat feet, which can cause many issues throughout life. Flat feet tend to over-pronate; that is, they roll inward when a person walks. Over-pronation can force the inner portion of the foot, including the big toe, to bear excess weight. Often, a person who is very active will experience foot pain as a result of their inherited foot shape.

Foot Trauma

Previous foot injuries also makes patients more likely to develop bunions. During and after the healing process, you may have begun to distribute weight on your feet differently than you once did. Patients with arthritis are also more likely to develop bunions because the cartilage that covers the big toe can begin to wear down and become inflamed. If you have arthritis, slightly different leg lengths, or have ever suffered from an injury that has caused pain or difficulty walking, you may have developed a bunion as a result of shifting the way you distribute weight on your feet.

Don’t let blame get you down. If you are experiencing bunion pain, give Renova Foot and Ankle a call. We’re not here to scold you on your shoe collection. Patients who seek bunion treatment at Renova receive compassionate care and expert, well-founded advice on how to avoid further pain.