Bunion or hallux
valgus is a bone deformity characterized by the big toe pointing towards the
adjacent toe of the same foot.
that the incidences of bunions are mostly linked to family inheritance and not
The bunions can cause
swelling, tenderness and pain around the big toe.
researchers from the Framingham Foot Study assessed around 13,700 adult
volunteers and discovered profound familial histories of bunions.
forwarded that there exists a strong genetic predisposition in the occurrence
The podiatrists from
England maintained their opinion and added that ill-fitting shoes can worsen
The chief sign of the
ailment is "the big toe pointing towards the other toes, which forces out the
bone attached to it - the first metatarsal."
Surgery is required if
the condition becomes extremely painful and unbearable.
Since females are
mostly affected by bunions, the role of ill-fitting shoes or high heeled shoes
in the development of bunions became accountable for.
researches have shown that ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes could worsen the
situation by constant rubbing or irritating the area, but they are not the
causative factor for bunions.
One should wear proper
fitting and comfortable shoes to maintain the health of the feet.
The study was conducted
during 2002 to 2008 and the scientists analyzed the family history of people
with bunions and hammer and claw toes.
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said, "It is something a person
will have a predisposition to - but poor footwear will exacerbate it"
The experts said that
the genetic inheritance of a particular type and shape of foot can be an
important reason for the occurrence of bunions.
Dr. Marian Hannan, the
lead scientists mentioned, "These new findings highlight the importance of
furthering our understanding of what causes greater susceptibility to these
foot conditions, as knowing more about the pathway may ultimately lead to early
prevention or early treatment."
Handford, of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, stated, "This is
what we tell our patients - as opposed to the myth that shoes cause bunions. It
is something a person will have a predisposition to - but poor footwear will
"It's a bony
deformity, so it's not going to fit into a shoe if you ram it in."
He further added, "And once you have a bunion,
accommodative footwear is it."