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Older Women Are More at Risk for Bunions

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion, is a prevalent foot condition that affects many individuals, especially as they age. A bunion is characterized by the big toe bending towards the smaller toes, accompanied by a painful bony protrusion at the inside of the foot. Recent research shows the prevalence and factors associated with hallux valgus in an older adult population, and women in particular. The study revealed that the prevalence of bunion deformity was higher in women and increased with age. Family history, wearing high-heeled or narrow shoes, and having flat feet were identified as contributing factors. The severity of hallux valgus also significantly affected participants' quality of life. Additionally, participants reporting foot pain in the previous 12 months showed higher scores in both pain and decreased function, highlighting the substantial impact of bunions on daily activities. This research emphasizes the importance of proactive foot care, especially for older women who are more susceptible to the formation of bunions. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, appropriate footwear choices, and early intervention can play an important role in preventing and managing this foot deformity. For help in managing the pain and side effects of bunions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for the appropriate treatment option.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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