Q What is a bunion?
A bunion is a very common foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of your big toe. A hard, bony knob forms on the side of the foot when the big toe leans inward against your other toes, forcing the toe joint in the other direction.
Bunions are most commonly caused by an inherited foot structure prone to this deformity. The bony bump can be present at birth, develop after an injury, or be aggravated by wearing ill-fitting shoes such as high heels. When your foot structure is unable to distribute weight evenly over the entire foot, the imbalance can cause the big to joint to become unstable and prone to shifting position.
Left untreated this condition typically worsens over time. It can become painful to walk or wear shoes, and often leads to pain in your ankles, knees, hips and back. Arthritis in the joint can also develop.
Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today for preventative treatment if you know that your feet are prone to this condition or you have bunions and want to stop them from getting worse. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment online.