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Before discussing what a bunion is, we must clarify what a bunion is not. A bunion is not a simple overgrowth of the bone at the base of the big or pinky toe. A bunion is caused by an underlying condition with the structure of your foot. The progressive disorder begins when the big toe, due to an inherited structural abnormality, begins to lean into the other toes.
This leaning of your toe misaligns the bones of your big toe, causing the bony growth of the bunion to form. As your big toe pushes farther and farther into the second toe, the bunion grows. This causes discomfort and, as the condition progresses, pain.
As experienced podiatrists in San Antonio, TX, too often we see patients who have had unsuccessful bunion surgery due to improper surgical technique. It is crucial that the surgeon address the underlying structural abnormalities, not just the bunion itself.
Causes of Bunions
The cause of bunions is a hotly debated topic. Podiatrists in San Antonio widely agree that bunions are a result of a genetic defect in the bones of your foot. However, there are some factors that can cause the condition to worsen. The most common causes of the accelerated progression of bunions include:
Treatment Options for Bunions
Proper treatment of the bunion must address not only the bony growth but the entire foot. Sometimes, underlying issues such as flat feet can accelerate bunion growth. To slow the growth and address the pain of the bunion, all causes of the bunion’s formation must be addressed. The treatment options that our San Antonio, TX, podiatrists most often recommend include:
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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our podiatry office in San Antonio would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.