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What Causes Bunions in Children?

Monday, 03 December 2018 00:00

The term that is known as juvenile hallux valgus is the medical name for bunions that develop in children. It consists of a large and bony protrusion that is located on the side of the big toe and may cause discomfort when certain shoes are worn. Research has shown that genetics may play a significant role in the development of bunions, in addition to the possibility of bunions forming in children who may be suffering from neurological disorders. This condition may also develop if the child has flat feet or wears shoes that do not fit correctly. After an X-ray is taken of the foot, which may aid in determining the severity of the bunion, proper treatment options can be discussed, which may include wearing shoes that are wide enough to accommodate the bunion, or possibly surgery if other options are not effective. If you notice your child is developing a bunion, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can recommend the best treatment for this condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry Association. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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