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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 31, 2016
Tags: arthritis   Orthotics   Bunions  

Perhaps one of the most frequent and most painful conditions that patients bring to Philip S. Pinsker, DPM is bunions. Despite how common they are, much misinformation exists about bunions. Below are some common myths:

Myth: If you leave them alone, bunions may go away.

Fact: Bunions are a progressive disorder. When the joint at the base of the big toe gets displaced and a bunion forms, your whole foot is thrown out of balance. Since the big toe gets a lot of weight and pressure from standing and walking, this makes the joint even more irritated and this is what causes the pain and soreness. As the bunion gets bigger, it gets more friction from your footwear causing additional pain and possibly even a sore and infection. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, as soon as you think a bunion might be developing.

Myth: You can’t prevent bunions.

Fact: Okay this is partly myth and partly fact. It is true that for many people the cause of bunions is poor foot mechanics which can be inherited. However, other factors that make people prone to bunions are arthritis, injury and footwear choices—all of which you can have some preventative control over.

Myth: Shoes don’t cause bunions.

Fact: Wearing high heels with narrow, pointy toe boxes frequently and for long periods of time can lead to the development of bunions or, at the very least, make an existing bunion worse. Why? When you wear high heels, a substantial amount of pressure is put on your forefoot and your toes are squeezed together. This uncomfortable position can force the joint at the base of the big toe to move out of place.

Myth: Once you have a bunion, surgery is the only option.

Fact: Actually, surgery is reserved for the worst cases of bunions. The foot doctor has a number of more conservative options that can be attempted first. These include: padding to protect a bunion, orthotics to shift your foot pressure away from the affected joint and anti-inflammatory medications.

If you have a bunion or suspect one is forming, make an appointment at our Washington, PA office as soon as possible to head off bunion discomfort and damage.

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