Common misconceptions about bunions

Monday, December 29, 2014

By: Betsy Hansen

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Bunions and the subsequent treatments come along with many myths. Fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Brandon M. Scharer sees many patients with bunions in his clinic. He helps us set the record straight about bunions.


A bunion is not a growth.  Bunions appear as a bump on the side of the big toe. It’s common to think it’s a new bone growth; in fact it is a misaligned bone.


Tight shoes and stilettos do not cause bunions. Heredity, arch instability and tight calf muscles all contribute to bunion formation. Interestingly enough, one of the most common causes of bunions is pregnancy. Sorry ladies!


Bunion surgery is not terribly painful. Bunion surgery has received a bad reputation as excruciatingly painful. In reality, it isn’t any more painful than other orthopedic surgeries such as a hip or knee arthroscopy. Many patients actually walk the same day!


Dr. Scharer discusses bunions and treatment options in detail in the video below.


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