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Christian Louboutin, a French shoe designer known for his exceptionally high-heeled shoes and extravagant designs, allays attacks that his shoes are causing bunions.  He concerns himself with the engineering and design of the shoe.  Because he is not forcing anyone to wear his iconic heels, he does not feel that his designs should be blamed for causing bunions when people wear them of their own accord. 

However, heels are known to aggravate bunions, but they are not the main cause.  Dr. Michael Stein at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay practice sees patients with bunions on a regular basis. 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe, connecting to the foot. The enlargement is formed by swollen tissue or boney growth. This is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. This area around the base of the big toes may become inflamed, red, and or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are usually genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes, or running and walking the wrong way, can cause stress on the feet. High heeled shoes change the distribution of weight of the body and push the toes into a position that may cause bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can be identified while doing a blood test.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

Treatment   

Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. High heeled shoes should not be worn, as this forces the big toe inward toward smaller toes. Avoiding these types of shoes will eliminate the pain associated with bunions, but if it continues, drugs or medication may be prescribed.

Orthotics or special foot soles may help the area by providing relief. But if these types of treatment do not work, surgery is required.

If you have any questions or think you might have a bunion, please feel free to contact our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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