Bunions may reduce quality of life
Study finds 36% of participants suffer from Hallux valgus
A study that was recently published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research suggests that pain stemming from bunions may significantly affect quality of life in older women.
Scientists examined the health data of more than 2,800 study participants who were at least 56 years old and found that 36 percent experienced hallux valgus, or bunions.
Authors of the study noted that participants who reported some degree of bunions - from mild to severe - tended to be women, and that chances of developing the foot deformity increased with age. Additionally, those with bunions reported impairment in foot function, including walking.
"Our findings indicate that hallux valgus is a significant and disabling musculoskeletal condition that affects overall quality of life. Interventions to correct or slow the progression of the deformity offer patients beneficial outcomes beyond merely localized pain relief," said Hylton Menz, associate professor at La Trobe University in Australia and study co-author.
Bunion splints relieve bunion pain
Results of the study suggest that use of bunion splints or orthotics to prevent or correct bunions and hammer toe may not only ease these conditions, but also improve the quality of life in individuals with bunions.
Podiatrists may recommend the use of bunion splints or orthotics over expensive bunion surgery as the procedure may further worsen the quality of life in these individuals due to long healing time and pain.