Bunions are caused by an instability in the structure of your foot, which allows pressure to displace the big toe. There are outside factors that can increase your odds of developing or worsening your bunions. These bunion risk factors include poorly-fitted shoes, high heels, and preexisting conditions. Footwear that squeezes the toes, or forces weight forward onto the front of the foot, can encourage the big toe to displace inward. Insufficient arch support or a preexisting condition like arthritis can also stress the ball of the foot.
If you’re concerned that you may be developing a bunion, doing nothing won’t prevent the problem and the pain that goes with it. Have your foot evaluated by the experts at Martin Foot and Ankle to see what can be done to avoid the condition and the discomfort it causes. Visit our online contact page or call the office at (717) 757-3537 to request more information or an appointment at our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA locations.