As experienced foot specialists, we see multiple different types of bunions. The more traditional bunion, often known as the Hallux Valgus, and the Tailor’s Bunion are the most common. Both of these types of bunions appear similar; the Hallux Valgus is located between the big toe and the foot, while the Tailor’s Bunion is situated along the 5th toe and foot. Despite their similar appearance, there are significant differences between the two. The former, for instance, is caused by an arthritic process that will jam the joint; it more often requires surgery.
An inherited faulty mechanical structuring of the foot causes bunions. The bunion itself is not inherited, but specific types of feet are prone to developing bunions.
Wearing shoes that crowd the toes together will not directly cause bunions, despite what many people tend to believe. This is simply a myth. Instead, crowding the toes may cause a deformity that progressively becomes worse over time. If you have the particular type of foot prone to bunions, this deformity may force the symptoms of a bunion to appear sooner.
If you have bunions on your feet, you may experience some distinct symptoms. For instance, bunions are often accompanied by:
- Pain or soreness
- Inflammation and redness
- A burning sensation
These symptoms may present themselves more often when wearing tight-fitting shoes, such as a toe box or high heels. Women are often more likely to experience bunions, as they wear tight shoes more often.
If you do happen to experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, we highly advise that you visit a foot specialist as soon as possible. In particular, pain of any kind can be a sign that something is seriously wrong, and should not be ignored.
For more information regarding our treatment of bunions, contact Premier Podiatry today!