Several lifestyle and physical factors contribute to bunion formation
Bunion-sufferers have several causes to blame for their bony deformity.
A Detroit Free Press reader recently wrote in to the paper, asking about the causes of bunions, and she got many answers in return.
The news provider turned her question over to a medical school adviser from Harvard University, who reported that there are both anatomical reasons that lead to bunions, as well as footwear choices that can exacerbate the condition.
"Some types of feet are more prone to bunions than others. Low arches, flat feet and overly flexible joints all increase the risk. Bunions are also associated with arthritis, which damages the cartilage within the joint," the expert wrote.
The Mayo Clinic has reported that many individuals are genetically prone to developing bunions, which may even be present at birth. The medical source also said that foot injuries can lead to the condtion.
Additionally, wearing high heels with narrow toes has been known to worsen bunions or hammer toe, especially if the shoes are ill fitting, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Individuals who are looking for a non-invasive way to prevent or correct bunions may want to consider bunion splints or orthotics.