Chinese study reveals that genetics cause bunions
In a survey of women in Hong Kong, it was found that family history influences bunions more than footwear.
Hong Kong Baptist University and the Center for Dr. Wu's Bunion Surgery conducted a survey of more than 1,000 Chinese women and found that those who had bunions were likely to have mothers or grandmothers who also experienced the bony deformity.
Additionally, the survey revealed that heredity was more likely to lead to bunions than wearing high-heeled shoes, which are often cited as a cause of the foot condition.
It may be true that family history is a better predictor of whether a person will develop a bunion, but it is well-known that wearing high heels can make the condition much worse. This may be why MDGuidelines.com has reported that bunions are two to four times more common in women than in men.
According to the medical source, bunions occur in just 3 percent of individuals aged 15 to 30, 9 percent of those who are between 31 and 60, and an estimated 16 percent of people older than 60.
Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help prevent or correct the condition without the need for bunion surgery.