Bunions Are More Common and Inevitable Than You Think
posted: Jul 23, 2013.
According to BPT JSOnline, even if you're healthy or young you can’t escape the painful side of bunions. If you are a woman, you are also nine times more likely to get a bunion than anyone you may know.
About 23 per cent of people aged 18 to 65 have bunions, and 35 percent of people older than 65 have them; women are most likely to acquire them, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. The American Podiatric Medical Assoc. also concludes that bunions can form at any stage in life, with several factors being: genetics, footwear choices, and injuries.
Bunions themselves are a common problem people face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a chiropodist such as Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.
Why do Bunions Form?
· Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
· Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form
How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:
· Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
· Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion
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