Bunions are caused when there is too much abnormal motion the foot goes through during walking, standing and activities. Over time, the abnormal pulling and strain on the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints, causes the big toe to move towards the second toe and the first metatarsal, the long bone behind the big toe, to move inward. The result is a bump which can become painful, red and swollen. This is a bunion, or hallux valgus. Wearing shoes can be difficult and painful. Bunion deformities tend to run in families, however; it can skip a generation or two.
If you are concerned about bunions in your family call the office for an appointment. Dr. Danciger can examine the child and determine if there are hereditary components which predispose your child to a bunion. Click here to request an appointment or call (760) 568-0108.