Researchers find racial disparity in onset of bunions

 Researchers find racial disparity in onset of bunions and other foot condition

Disparity in bunionsA team of scientists at the University of North Carolina has found that bunions, hammer toe, flat feet and corns are more common among African Americans when compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

In a study of participants who were of varied races and older than 45, researchers found that people of African descent were three times more likely to have one of these foot conditions than white people.

"The next step in our research is to determine the origin of these disorders. We're interested in looking at the influence of factors such as genetics, shoe wear, multi-joint osteoarthritis, and what type of work a person does," said Yvonne M. Golightly, PT, PhD, lead author of the study.

The researchers noted that bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches may all lead to hindered movement, a decline in physical activity and a loss of quality of life.

Results of the study suggest that people at risk of developing bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches may want to take preventive measures. Bunion splints, orthotics or braces may all be effective when it comes to staving off these foot conditions, or treating those that have already set in. 


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