These ailments are often caused by wearing shoes that don't fit properly.
Bunions and hammer toes are foot deformities generally caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. These conditions sometimes run in families whose feet are more susceptible to these kinds of injuries and are much more common in women.
A bunion is a painful, bony bump that forms at the inside of the big toe.
There are 28 bones within each foot. Among these bones are the metatarsal bones, which are a group of five long bones that run through the foot and connect to each toe.
As the first metatarsal bone moves inward, the bone of the toe moves in the other direction which can cause a bunion. Because of this, the big toe joint becomes enlarged and inflamed.
A hammertoe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward at the middle joint of a toe, usually the second, third, or fourth toe.
These deformities can affect the foot and although a hammer toe can be present at birth, they usually develop over time.
“Often times, bunions and hammertoes can be treated without surgery. The first step in alleviating the pain associated with bunions and hammertoes is to wear proper footwear” explains Neighborhood Health Center’s Chief Medical Administrator Dr. James Burruano, DPM, ABFAS, ACFAS.
Although bunions and hammertoes often require no medical treatment, it is recommended to see your podiatrist if you have:
Our Neighborhood podiatry team is here to help. Click here to learn more about the podiatry services available at Neighborhood.
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