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Why Children Can Develop Bunions


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6/23/2015
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Children laying in grass with bare feet The Dallas Arboretum currently has an exhibit—“Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist”—that puts a local spin on some timeless tales. The fairy tale we often think about when patients come in for bunion help is Cinderella. One night in a glass stiletto is probably not going to cause a toe deformity, but women’s footwear is frequently associated with this particular condition. With that being the case, it’s only natural to wonder why you sometimes see bunions in children.

High-heeled styles worn by women often cram the toes together in an unnatural fashion, exacerbating pain from a bunion - and that’s without even saying a word about the excess pressure applied to the front of the feet. Children do not often wear such shoes for extended periods of time—and when girls do dress up in their mother’s shoes, their smaller feet are not compressed as much—so the causes of bunions in children are altogether different.

When it comes to juvenile bunions, we are looking at a condition that usually is the result of simple genetics. Tending to be more of a hereditary issue, children’s feet develop bunions when they are structured such that the toe bone is already angled excessively inwards or the metatarsophalangeal joint cartilage is shifted, which then causes the angling.

No matter if the bunions occur in children or adults, Dallas Podiatry Works is ready to provide the necessary care for these toe deformities. Contact us today and we can get started on an effective treatment plan just for you. Call us toll-free at (888) 716-5283 or use our online form to schedule your appointment at either our Dallas or Plano, TX 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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