FAQs About Bunions

 If you’re suffering from bunions, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from this condition, but fortunately, it’s treatable and often preventable. We’ll cover some of the most common questions associated with bunions. However, if you have questions about bunions and live in or near North Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City, Lee's Summit, MO, visit Kansas City Foot & Ankle to speak with our podiatrists.

What Are Bunions? Why Do They Occur?

A bunion is a bony bump that typically forms at the base of your big toe. Typically, the bump is on the side of the foot rather than the top. It’s also possible for a bump to form on the outside of the pinky toe. This is called a Tailor’s bunion.

Many factors can lead to bunions forming. Perhaps the most common factor is poor support and weight distribution.

Who Is At The Most Risk For Bunions?

Generally speaking, women are more likely to suffer from bunions than men. This is likely due to women wearing high heels and other shoes that may not provide proper support. Genetics also plays a big role because the shape of one’s foot is heavily impacted by inherited DNA. People who have flat feet, for example, are more likely to experience this condition.

Folks who are overweight, and also, people who spend a lot of time on their feet may be more likely to suffer bunions. Other conditions and situations could increase risks, so it’s smart to talk with medical professionals if you believe bunions are forming. Worried that you're at risk of suffering bunions and live around North Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City, Lee's Summit, MO? Stop by the Kansas City Foot & Ankle to speak with our podiatrists.

How Can I Reduce The Risk of Bunions Forming?

First, you’ll want to get properly fitting shoes. Even if your shoes feel comfortable, they may not provide adequate support, and as a result, bunions could form over time. Fortunately, it’s often possible to get custom orthotics that will fit in your current shoes. These orthotics will provide better support and reduce the risk of bunions.

Another way to prevent bunions is to provide your feet with plenty of rest. You should also stretch your feet and medical professionals can teach you how to gently work your feet out. This may reduce the risk of bunions forming. Correcting the arches in your feet may also reduce risks.

Once Bunions Form, How Are They Treated?

If bunions have already formed, surgery may be needed. Through surgery, a podiatrist can remove swollen tissues, and also, realign bones. In some cases, bones may be removed or fused together. For temporary relief, ice, pain medications, and other measures can help.

Need to get bunions treated and live near North Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City, Lee's Summit, MO? Dial (816) 943-1111 to reach Kansas City Foot & Ankle and schedule an appointment with our podiatrists.

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