Have you ever wondered if you’re at risk for developing bunions? If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky! Nearly 23% of individuals ranging from ages 18 to 65 will develop bunions in their big toes.
Ignoring bunions will only make things worse as the bunching together of your toes will create pain and long-term defects.
Bunions are a common ailment, especially for women. Hallus vaxus, or bunions are a bump at the base of your big toe caused a combination of genetics and poor shoes. Dr. John Schilero of Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute s a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot disorders.
Wife of famous soccer star David Beckham, Victoria Beckham suffers from severe bunions caused by many years of wearing high heels, both on and off the red carpet. In October of 2013, Beckham had a bunionectomy to remove the bunions and realign her toes.
How do I get bunions?
Although experts debate the causes, it seems that there are several ways that bunions can develop. It has been proved that wearing pointy-toed shoes is possibly a factor in the inflammation of the joint. Recently, certain studies have shown that the affliction might hold some genetic roots in it, since girls whose mothers had bunions seem to be more likely to develop the disorder.
What can I do to treat my bunions?
Though a bunion can usually be diagnosed through a simple examination by the doctor, most often, there will be an X-Ray to confirm the diagnosis.
There are multiple remedies that are available to those suffering from bunions. Depending on the severity of the condition, there are both surgical and non-invasive options available. For certain patients, orthotics that help distribute pressure evenly across your feet and elevate your arches might be beneficial.
Avoiding uncomfortable shoes can prevent unnecessary confinement that can further irritate bunions. If you apply ice to the bunion, it can provide a temporary sense of relief by reducing inflammation and soreness.
For those suffering from more severe bunions, a bunionectomy might be the best course of treatment. There are a few different options when looking at surgery to treat bunions, a few of which include:
- Cutting the swollen tissue from around your big toe
- Removing part of the big toe bone to straighten the alignment
- Joining the bones of the affected joints
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from bunions. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.