"Most of the common misconceptions [about feet] that I’ve heard relate to bunions, says Gordon Yun, DPM, a podiatrist with Mercy Health. Myth No. 1: Shoes cause bunions and hammer toes. It has been proven that these foot deformities are inherited. Shoes may reinforce the deformity and increase symptoms, but do not cause them. Myth No. 2: Bunions are growths. Bunions, or hallux valgus, are not growths of bone. This is a condition in which the great toe joint comes out of normal alignment. It is not the shape, but the position of the bone that creates the large prominence on the side of the foot in a bunion.
|Dr. Gordon Yun
Myth No. 3: Splinting or strapping the toe can cure a bunion. Simple splinting or strapping the toe into a better position will not reverse the process. Once the position of the toe begins to deform, contractures of soft tissue promote the deformity and, eventually, bony changes occur to further reinforce the deformity. There is no splinting or strapping procedure strong enough to counteract these deforming forces.
Source: Hannah Bealer, City Scene [3/31/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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