Cute Shoes Can Lead to Ugly Feet

Genetics also play a role in developing bunions

Ruth L. Thomas, MD

Derived from the Greek word for turnip, bunions are a significant problem in modern society. Most clinicians recognize bunions from the bump on the side of the great toe joint. When the bump is associated with lateral deviation of the toe, the deformity is called hallux valgus. Hallux valgus is the most common pathologic entity affecting the great toe, occurring in 2 percent to 4 percent of the population.

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