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5 Surprising Facts About Bunions You Probably Didn't Know

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

People who suffer bunions know the anguish and pain that this common foot deformity may inflict. The big toe may become crooked because of a bunion, a bony lump that grows on the joint at the base of the toe.

The development of bunions can be triggered by a combination of predisposing factors, including heredity, poor shoe fit, and structural foot abnormalities like flat feet or high arches. As one ages, they are more likely to arise, and they are more prevalent in women than in males.

The discomfort and difficulty walking caused by bunions can have a major influence on a person's ability to work and engage in everyday activities, making this a modern social concern. For some, they might be a cause of shame or self-consciousness that lowers their self-esteem and ultimately their quality of life.

There is no way of knowing if our forefathers suffered from bunions to the same level that we do now. There may have been fewer cases of bunions in the past since footwear was often more supportive and functional. However, images of the deformity may be traced back to ancient Egypt, suggesting that bunions have always been a part of human history.

Fortunately, bunions may be treated with a variety of activities. Three of the most effective exercises for alleviating bunions are as follows:

Sit on a chair and extend your toes by wrapping a rubber band around your big toe. The toe should be gently separated from the other toes for a few seconds before being released. Perform this procedure many times daily.

To do the foot roll, put a rolling pin or water bottle on the floor and sit on a chair. For a few minutes, roll the ball of your foot over the object, shifting your weight from side to side to reach all sides.

Scrunch the towel: lay it on the floor next to a chair. Use your toes to crinkle the towel in toward you. Perform this procedure many times daily.

The exercises should be performed in addition to other treatments, such as finding the right shoes and utilising bunion pads. It is also recommended that you talk to a doctor before beginning any new workout programme.

Let's investigate some bunions' lesser-known facets now:

The big toe isn't the only one that can have a bunion. The term "bunionettes" or "tailor's bunions" describes this.

The Latin word bunio, meaning "swelling," is where we get our word "bunion."

The skin above the bony prominence of a bunion can thicken and become a source of discomfort.

Bunions can be worse by wearing shoes that are too narrow or have too high of heels.

Surgery for bunions is often recommended as a means of alleviating discomfort and repairing the deformity, but it is not without its share of potential drawbacks.

PLEASE NOTE: The content of this blog post is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a qualified medical professional. When considering a new therapy or fitness plan, it is important to first see a healthcare provider.

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