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Myths and Truths About Bunions

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When it comes to medical conditions, few are as misunderstood as bunions. Several bunion myths have developed over the years, but let’s take a moment to set the record straight so you will know the true story!

  • Myth #1 – Bunions are just cosmetic. Some people think the core problem with a bunion is just how it looks, but this is not the case. Whereas bunions can be a source of embarrassment and contribute to self-consciousness, they also cause pain and can impair functionality.A doctor inspecting a bunion on someone's foot
  • Myth #2 – Bunions are caused by women’s footwear. Stilettos, pumps, and other types of high heels have long been singled out as the main culprit for bunions. This makes sense from a logical perspective because shoes like these put feet in such a position that excessive pressure is placed on each foot. Further, high heels often have narrow, pointed toe boxes that squish the toes together.

The truth of the matter, however, is that footwear choices are more likely to exacerbate an existing condition than cause one from happening in the first place. An inherited foot structure or unusual biomechanical process is more likely to be the actual cause.

  • Myth #3 – Bunions only happen to women. In part, this myth is often attributable to the previous myth about the condition being caused by high-heeled shoes. There’s a little bit more to the story than that. Many people probably think bunions can only happen to women because females are considerably more likely to have them than males are. This is even true in the case of juvenile bunions, which leads us to…
  • Myth #4 – Bunions only happen to old people. This is simply not true. Sure, someone who has lived longer will have more time for a bunion to develop, but the fact of the matter is kids can get bunions as well. As we’ve already established, these toe deformities are caused by inherited foot structures – and children can (and do!) have structures more conducive to bunions. Now, since the condition is progressive in nature, it is especially important to bring your son or daughter in to see us if you notice the early signs of a bunion because…
  • Myth #5 – Bunions can only be treated surgically. Semantics matter, and this is definitely the case in this matter. Whereas a bunion can only be corrected with surgical intervention—and our own Dr. Brook has so much experience in successfully correcting bunions that he is considered to be “Dallas’ premier bunion specialist”—there are conservative methods for treating symptoms and halting bunion progression. This means we might be able to use nonsurgical care to prevent your son or daughter from developing a severe bunion condition – one that causes a lot of pain.

As was noted, bunions are progressive. They will not go away on their own and will only worsen over time when left unaddressed. If you, or any of your loved ones, has a bunion of any stage or severity, contact our team at Dallas Podiatry Works. We have been able to help many patients who suffered from this problem and we can do the same for you!

Call (972) 566-7474 if you have any questions or would like to request an appointment with either of our Plano or Medical City Dallas offices.

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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