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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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The answer could be yes! For many years, the common thought amongst podiatrists was that narrow shoes and high heels along with a pronated foot were the most likely causes of bunions. Recent studies have show that genetics have a bigger role than previously thought. The recent studies showed that bunions had a similar prevalence in societies that do not wear shoes as those societies where high heels are common.            
Studies have also shown that women are more likely to develop bunions than men. This could be attributed to a certain genetic marker or common structural deformities.  Women tend to have smaller feet and when you combine that with a pronated foot and improper shoe gear such as high heels, you have the perfect setup for a bunion to occur.
If you have been having pain on the inside front part of your foot by your big toe, there are a few tricks you can try at home to ease the pain. Try using ice and elevating your feet for 20 minutes at a time. There are also bunion pads that you can purchase commercially.
Pain in the area common to bunions can also be something other than a bunion, arthritic changes to the joint, sesmoiditis, and even a stress fracture can also occur in this same area. If pain persists, make sure to make an appointment with us.  There may be a few non-invasive treatments that we might consider first but, surgery is often an end-resort for more severe cases.