Q If one of my parents has bunions, does that mean that I will get them as well?
Bunions are a very common foot problem. They occur when your big toe leans over and pushes against the rest of your toes. When this happens, a bump forms on the side of the foot. Bunions range from mild to severe and can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort when wearing shoes.
While wearing tight, poorly fitting shoes is a common cause; bunions can also develop if you have inherited a faulty foot structure. If your parents or grandparents had a foot type susceptible to the development of bunions or actually had bunions, you may have the same foot type that is vulnerable as well.
Knowing what kind of feet your parents have actually helps with your decision-making. If you know your feet may be prone to developing bunions, you can wear appropriate shoes and take proper precautions to ensure bunions do not form or slow down their progression.
If you are concerned about developing bunions or have bunions that are painful, please contact Dr. Danciger and make an appointment today. Visit our homepage or call our podiatric office at (760) 568-0108.