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What things affect the chances of getting bunions?

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Dr. James Kercher
Orthopedic Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Shoes

Most commonly womens shoes are the culprit.
But sometimes children get the condition which would be called a juvenile bunion.

In brief: Shoes

Most commonly womens shoes are the culprit.
But sometimes children get the condition which would be called a juvenile bunion.
Dr. James Kercher
Dr. James Kercher
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Family

The apple doesnt fall far from the tree ! bunions are a family trait aggrevated by ill-fitting shoes.
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In brief: Family

The apple doesnt fall far from the tree ! bunions are a family trait aggrevated by ill-fitting shoes.
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Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Genetics

Bunions are secondary to foot type and function.
You are usually not born with bunions, but are born with a foot type that leads to the deformity. It is a progressive deformity. Good shoes with support can slow down the process and poor shoes can speed up and/or aggravate the problem. See your podiatrist for an evaluation. Dr l.

In brief: Genetics

Bunions are secondary to foot type and function.
You are usually not born with bunions, but are born with a foot type that leads to the deformity. It is a progressive deformity. Good shoes with support can slow down the process and poor shoes can speed up and/or aggravate the problem. See your podiatrist for an evaluation. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Parents

The tendency toward bunions has strong hereditary influences.
Instability and pronation of the feet also contributes. Shoes are often blamed, but unless they are extremely short or tight, i don't feel they contribute significantly. Of course you should wear sensible shoes and support feet with orthotics as needed, but you can't change heredity.

In brief: Parents

The tendency toward bunions has strong hereditary influences.
Instability and pronation of the feet also contributes. Shoes are often blamed, but unless they are extremely short or tight, i don't feel they contribute significantly. Of course you should wear sensible shoes and support feet with orthotics as needed, but you can't change heredity.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly hereditary.

Bunions are not generally caused by poor-fittign shoes, however, once you have bunions, shoes can increase the deformity and/or make them more painful.

In brief: Mostly hereditary.

Bunions are not generally caused by poor-fittign shoes, however, once you have bunions, shoes can increase the deformity and/or make them more painful.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Often time the chances of bunions are as close as your family.
Tight shoes can increase the chance, or injury may help cause the deformity.

In brief: Many

Often time the chances of bunions are as close as your family.
Tight shoes can increase the chance, or injury may help cause the deformity.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 1

Bunions or what is medically termed "hallux abduco valgus" typically is hereditary but can be influenced by shoewear. It is very difficult to prevent the occurence of bunions but you can slow down the progress by wearing shoes that are properly fitting and avoid tight pointed shoes.
Bunions do not improve once they start and surgey is the only way to correct the deformity.

In brief: 1

Bunions or what is medically termed "hallux abduco valgus" typically is hereditary but can be influenced by shoewear. It is very difficult to prevent the occurence of bunions but you can slow down the progress by wearing shoes that are properly fitting and avoid tight pointed shoes.
Bunions do not improve once they start and surgey is the only way to correct the deformity.
Dr. Mathew John
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many contributors

Bunions may result from a variety of reasons such as genetics, trauma, biomechanical abnormalities, or as a result of narrow shoe gear.

In brief: Many contributors

Bunions may result from a variety of reasons such as genetics, trauma, biomechanical abnormalities, or as a result of narrow shoe gear.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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