• How Much Do You Know About Bunions?

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Nov 25th, 2015

Did you know that bunions are one of the most common foot problems in the US? Did you know that roughly one-third of the population of most Western countries suffer from bunions? For such a common foot condition, there’s still a lot to be learned about bunions and how to treat them.

How much do you know? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz on bunions.

1.   True or False? Women are more likely to experience bunions than men.

2.   Which of the following are among the most common causes of bunions?

a.    Height and weight

b.    Genetics and tight-fitting shoes

c.    Diet and exercise

d.    All of the above

3.   Which of the following is NOT a typical treatment option for bunion sufferers?

a.    arch supports

b.    wide-width shoes

c.    surgery

d.    bunion pads

4.   Where is a bunion usually found on a person’s foot?

a.    on the heel

b.    at the base of the big toe

c.    at the base of the baby toe

d.    on the arch of the foot

5.   Which of the following is NOT a symptom of bunions?

a.    Joint pain in the foot

b.    Crowded toes

c.    Tingling in the feet

d.    Reddened and sore skin

6.   Which of the following conditions can develop as a result of bunions?

a.    Osteoarthritis

b.    Corns

c.    Hammertoes

d.    All of the above


1.   Answer: True.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than half of women in the U.S. have bunions. Almost 90% of bunion diagnoses are reported in females. The main culprit? Tight, narrow shoes and high heels.

2.   Answer: B

One of the most common causes of bunions is wearing narrow shoes or high-heels that with inadequate support for the front of the foot. Tight or poorly fitting shoes can also press the big toe into an unnatural position, leading to the formation of bunions. Bunions can also be due to genetics and family history. If someone in your immediate family has bunions, you’re more likely to develop them.

3.   Answer: C

Surgery is generally not a treatment of choice for bunions. In most cases, conservative treatment is preferred. Switching to wider width shoes, and opting for rounded-toe, lower-heeled shoes is often recommended. Cushioned bunion pads can relieve friction and pain on the bunion, while shoe inserts, orthotic devices and arch supports are used to relieve pressure on the bunion and promote better mechanical function of the foot.

4.   Answer: C

A bunion typically appears as a bony bump around the base of the big toe. The big toe angles inward, toward the second toe. In rarer cases, a bunion may occur at the base of the little toe – this is called a bunionette or tailor’s bunion.

5.   Answer: C

The most common bunion symptom is pain in the big toe joint along with a bony bulge on the side of the big toe. There may also be skin redness or soreness and crowding of the toes.

6.   Answer: D

As a result of the pressure of the big toe moving toward other toes, people with bunions may develop ingrown toenailscorns or calluses, and hammer toes. A bunion can also increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the big toe joint.

Have more questions about bunions? Are you worried about an existing bunion getting worse? Make an appointment with us today to discuss your options for bunion relief.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-diseases/how-much-do-you-know-about-bunions/

Author Dr. LaMour

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