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How Well Do You Know Bunions?

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Painful bunion on a foot of a person standing Announcer: Welcome to America’s favorite new game show – How Well Do You Know Bunions?

[Jaunty intro music plays.]

Host: For those just tuning in, this game show consists of several “true and false” questions based on bunion facts. It looks like our three contestants are all ready to participate, so let’s get started.

The first round begins with the following statement: Bunions are caused by women’s shoes.

Contestant #1: False!

Host: That is correct. Bunions are actually caused by an imbalance in the joint found at the base of the big toe. When excessive pressures are placed on the joint, they can force it further out of position, which also causes the big toe to drift inward.

Next statement: Bunions will get better in time if you leave them alone.

Contestant #3: True!

Host: We are sorry, but that is wrong. Bunions are progressive in nature, which means they do not improve on their own and will only worsen when left untreated. This means you should definitely seek treatment at a practice like Dallas Podiatry Works, which features Dallas’ premier bunion specialist – Dr. Joel W. Brook.

Next statement: Bunions have to be treated surgically.

Contestant #1 – False!

Host: This is correct. You must be a real bunion expert! Did we check to make sure you aren’t Dr. Brook? Ha, I’m just kidding, but seriously, not all bunions need a surgical procedure. Although bunion surgery is often recommended for cases causing severe pain or difficulty, there are also conservative measures like shoe modifications, medication, and icing regimens that can provide relief.

Time to head to our final round. For the win: Bunions only develop at the base of the big toe.

Contestant #3: False!

Contestant #1: True!

Host: Well, you are both kind of right, but this really illustrates our need for a buzzer or something! Anyhow, bunions do only develop in the big toe, but there is a related condition known as a bunionette that can happen on the outer edge of the foot at the base of the small toe.

Thank you all for playing. Contestant #1 wins a new car, Contestant #3 gets a toaster, and Contestant #2 has apparently been sleeping this whole time.

Remember, if you are dealing with a bunion, or any other foot or ankle issue, come see our friends at Dallas Podiatry Works! They provide comprehensive foot care services for the whole family, so give them a toll-free call at (888) 716-5283 or schedule an appointment with either their Plano or Dallas, TX offices online today.

[Cue applause]

Category: Bunion Treatment

Labels: bunion facts
Dr. David R. Northcutt
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Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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