How do you know if you have a bunion?
A bunion is an aching bony bump that grows on the inside part of the foot at the big toe joint (while a Bunionette grows on the outside). Bunions are often referred to as hallux valgus. The most noticeable sign is a protruding lump on the joint. It may hurt and be swollen or irritated. It can also make it difficult to move your toes, particularly your big toe.
Why do I have a bunion?
Bunions may be caused by:
- Wearing poorly fitted shoes -particularly shoes with a narrow, pointy toe box which changes the toes’ position into an unnatural one.
- Heredity factors -some people inherit prone to developing bunions (owing to their form and structure)
- Inflammatory disorder, caused by factors conditions as rheumatoid arthritis
- A neuromuscular condition, such as polio.
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