The side effects of a bunion

As though bunions weren't enough of a problem, the deformity also comes with a list of associated conditions. 

The side effects of a bunionProper mobility of the foot is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, since it allows an individual to exercise or play sports freely. As a result, hindered movement due to a bunion may have a serious impact on a person's quality of life.

The most noticeable side effect of a bunion is pain, which can range from minor to severe, depending on the advancement of the deformity. The discomfort may be especially significant if a bursa - or fluid sac - over the affected toe joint becomes inflamed.

Additionally, a bunion can be unsightly and cause embarrassment, especially for individuals who previously flaunted their pretty feet in sandals or high heels.

When a bunion gets to the point that it makes the foot stiff, it can throw off a person's foot landing mechanics and lead to pain in the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. In this case, a podiatrist may recommend bunion surgery, which comes with its own catalog of side effects.

Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help to prevent or correct bunions without the need for a costly, painful operation.

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