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What are bunions and how can they be treated?

There is a common misconception that only older women who wear high-heeled shoes get bunions. However, both genetics and pressure caused by ill-fitting shoes can play a role in painful bunions forming.

What is a bunion?
A bunion is a swollen and deformed big toe. It is a common problem which is painful but very rarely dangerous. The most frequent cause is the toe slowly dislocating – but it can simply be caused by arthritis.

Who gets bunions?
Bunions are about twice more common in females than males; typically they are seen in families where generations of women have the problem. Four percent of non-shoe wearing females and just under 2 percent of males will generally have bunions with these numbers increasing to 48 and 16 percent in those who wear shoes.

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