Who’s to Blame for Needing Bunion Surgery: Your Parents or Your Shoes?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You have a bunion and it’s gone from bad to worse. You’ve heard about bunion surgery and it just might be time to suck it up and get it. But first, you really feel the need to blame someone or something for your bunion because it’s ugly, it’s starting to affect your life, and it would just make you feel better to know why you have this bony bump on the side of your toe. So who do you blame? Your parents or your shoes? The answer is both!


Bunions are hereditary

It’s very rare that someone is born with a bunion. It’s actually due to muscle strengths and weaknesses you inherited from your parents that affect the way you walk and get worse over time. So it’s the underlying causes of bunions that are hereditary. It’s kind of like, if both parents are Caucasian they will have a Caucasian baby, but if one parent has brown eyes and another has blue, their children may or may not have blue eyes. Bunions are like the blue eyes. Just because one of your parents has a bunion doesn’t necessarily mean you will, but you have the chance of getting one.

Bunions are affected by footwear

When the muscle strengths and weaknesses mentioned above are aggravated then your bunion will get worse. The bunion problems that lead to bunion surgery are intensified when you consistently wear shoes that don’t fit your feet properly because your shoes are causing friction and pressure on the bunion as it rubs against the footwear. This is especially true for women who wear high heels because they are tight fitting and force the big toe to angle in toward the other toes, and athletes who are wearing shoes that rub excessively. The key is to find shoes that offer good support, aren’t too tight, and offer cushioning to absorb shock.

Bunion treatment

Most people think a bunion is just a bump on the outside of your big toe, but it’s not quite that simple. Your bunion is actually a bone deformity that forms as your big toe joint moves out of place. Bunions are not able to heal themselves. Conservative treatments can help relieve the pressure and pain that footwear causes. These include the use of protective padding or bandaging, changing footwear, custom orthotics, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatories. These treatments can help take care of the pain, but bunion surgery takes care of the bunion.

Bunion Surgery at Adler Footcare

Adler Footcare offers minimally invasive bunion surgery which is a type of procedure that is done by making a very small incision. It also causes little trauma to the patient, less bleeding, little amounts of anesthesia, less pain, and minimal scarring. Dr. Adler is one of several professors of minimally invasive surgery from the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery, and Adler Footcare is home to a Joint Commission Accredited operating room.

Instead of focusing on who or what to blame for your bunion, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to learn more about bunion surgery. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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