Do high heels cause bunions?

High heels and narrow-toed shoes may look great; but, a nasty side-effect can be bunions.

Signature Medical Group has several physicians that specialize in foot surgery, and these experts will tell you how to prevent bunions.

A bunion is formed when the big toe pushes against the next toe. The main symptoms are bone deformity, pain, and stiffness. Bunions also can develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.

Smaller bunions (bunionettes) can develop on the joint of your little toe.

It’s important to recognize the signs of a bunion, including red skin over the joint, pain in the joint area, and an inward turning of the big toe. Next, be sure to wear shoes with lots of toe room and go barefoot around your house whenever possible.

If you think that you have a bunion, make an appointment today with one of Signature’s podiatrists or orthopedic foot ankle doctors.