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3 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Factors For Developing A Bunion

by Stella Robinson

Bunions are no fun and they could develop on anyone. No matter what you have heard, they do not just develop on senior citizens.

Bunions are a structural foot issue that can be treated. They start in the area of the big toe and are often a noticeable, bony protrusion. This bump could become painful and could cause you difficulty when wearing certain types of shoes. In its most extreme cases, bunions could affect the way that you walk.

Here are three ways to prevent your risk factors from developing bunions.

Take a Good Look at Your Shoes

One of the most common causes of bunions are shoes that are tight in the toe area. When your toes are tightly constricted in the toe box, the bones in the toe area could start protruding. For example, if you regularly wear tight stiletto heels, you could be setting yourself up for bunion development. When you select your shoes, make sure that you do not overcrowd your toes into toe box. Pick shoes that have a wide toe base.

Do Not Stand on Your Feet For Long Periods

If your job requires that you regularly stand on your feet, this could be setting you up for bunions. Sure there are some professions, such as wait staff, where you constantly need to be on your feet. However, you could try to find ways to work breaks into your schedule. These breaks will give your feet rest and thus reduce your chances of getting bunions.

Check to See if You Have the Early Signs of a Bunion

If you notice the bone near your big toe protruding, do not ignore this sign. Additionally, other signs that the bunion could be developing are swelling and pain. As soon as you notice theses signs, stop wearing high heels and start wearing shoes that have a lot of space in the toe area. You may also choose to contact a podiatrist, like Aboite Podiatry Associates PC, to check to see if a bunion is developing.

No one with a bunion set out to acquire it. The bunion just started to grow gradually — then the next thing they knew, they couldn't wear their favorite shoes or their gait was affected. You do not want this to happen to you. The preceding three tips will reduce your chances of developing a bunion. Contact your podiatrist for additional preventative tips.