Do you think your shoes are the reason for your bunions?

Bunions are a very common foot problem but the cause and treatment of bunions is often misunderstood. Dr. Harvey Danciger, foot specialist in Palm Desert, CA has treated many bunion patients who have come in believing some myths about their foot condition.

Many are of the understanding that their bunion is simply a knot or extra piece of bone stuck to the side of their foot. This is not the case. A bunion is a deformity where the joint at the base of the big toe is actually dislocated. This dislocation often causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes resulting in the joint to protrude out the side.

Another common train of thought for many with bunions is that they are a result of the activities they are involved in or from the shoes they choose to wear. The truth is that bunions are often hereditary and develop from a faulty foot structure. Wearing ill-fitting shoes and certain activities can aggravate a bunion or cause the pain from a bunion to worsen but they do not in fact cause bunions to happen in the first place.

A third misconception is regarding the treatment of bunions. Many believe that surgery is the only answer and that it is very painful, requiring casts, crutches and a lot of time off work. Dr. Danciger has many conservative treatment options available to help ease the symptoms of bunions. If you do need surgery, the discomfort is managed well with a post-surgery treatment plan tailored to your needs. If your job requires a lot of walking, you may need a leave of a couple of months but with many surgeries only requiring a surgical shoe as immobilization, many can return to work fairly quickly.

If you are tired of dealing with bunion pain, find your answers and treatment at our podiatric office from Dr. Danciger. Make an appointment today by calling (760) 568-0108 or by visiting our homepage.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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