The office of Dr. Roy Mathews, a doctor of podiatric medicine in Vancouver, gets a lot of traffic – foot traffic. “I see lots of bunions,” Mathews says, adding that he has performed more than 3,000 surgeries to remove the painful, protruding bump that can appear alongside the joint of the big toe.
|Dr. Roy Mathews
Mathews says it’s important to know that bunions form when a misalignment of the foot causes the big toe to push against the next toe, which makes the big toe joint shift and become inflamed. Under pressure by shoes, the joint becomes more painful and inflamed as time goes on. Sprains or fractures, flat feet, neuromuscular disorders, or leg-length discrepancies can also cause bunions. Because some foot types are more prone to bunions, and because people tend to inherit the shape and structure of their feet from their parents, bunions tend to run in families.
Source: Anna Sharratt, Sun Life Financial
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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Please not that Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics practices conservative foot care and has only had a few of our patients ever have surgery for bunions.