Do You Know What Causes Bunions

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What Causes Bunions

Women need to understand what causes bunions, because many estimates say 90% of the people who suffer from this foot disorder are women. That’s really a high percentage! Many factors influence whether a woman suffers from this common but very painful foot problem.  Related to this is why the percentage is so lopsided toward women as opposed to men.


First of all, however, make sure you have a clear understanding of what a bunion really is.  If you think it’s just the unsightly bump on the side of your foot that makes it uncomfortable for you to walk in shoes, you are wrong.  Read the informative article on the home page What is a Bunion? and you will learn what the medical profession really means by the word “bunion.”  You might be surprised. You will understand the importance of the inside of your foot, and not just the outside, and also how likely you are to develop this common foot condition.

You’ve maybe heard or seen the Latin term “hallux valgus.” This is the medical term for bunions that foot doctors use. If you end up talking to a doctor about your bunion pain, he will maybe use this term, especially on your paperwork for insurance.

Bunions, Heredity and Lifestyle

A discussion about what causes bunions has to start with heredity. Heredity can most definitely play a role, although to what degree is up for debate. Some people inherit a particular kind of bone structure from their mother or father  that is believed to make them more likely to get bunions. If you notice that your mother or grandmother or male relatives have bunions, you should be extra careful and observant with your own feet.

Another factor can be arthritis, because bunions can be a by-product of arthritis in the feet.  Also, If one’s lifestyle or occupation involves a lot of constant stress on ones’ feet, this foot problem (and many others)  can be an unfortunate result. In other words, if you are a dancer or athlete, or work at a job that requires you to stand on your feet for hours and hours, then your feet are subjected to a high degree of stress. Under these circumstances, your feet will be prone to foot problems such as bunions or maybe plantar fasciitis.

Even though the above mentioned factors are all important, many podiatrists believe the most important factor is the kinds of shoes women wear.

Especially in Western culture, women place a lot of emphasis on stylish and fashionable clothes and accessories.  The accessories include fashionable shoes, such as high heels with narrow toes. These kinds of shoes, and this includes boots with heels, can be quite sexy…but are murder on a woman’s feet. There’s just no way around this fact. It can only be ignored at your own peril. Do men wear these kinds of shoes? No, they don’t. This is why many podiatrists say that if women would just quit wearing shoes designed in this way, the huge problem among American women with bunions and hammertoes would be greatly diminished.

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