Archive for the 'Bunions/hammertoes' Category

Bunions: Hallux Valgus

A bunion (hallux valgus) is not just a bump on the foot. A bunion is a structural change in the foot, resulting in a bone deformity, which looks like a bump on the foot. As seen in the image on the right, the long bone at the inside of the foot moves toward the inside [...]

Bunions in Dancers

It is commonly believed that dancing, specifically ballet dancing, causes bunions because of the great amount of stress placed on the great toe joint. A review of the radiographs of 63 active and 38 retired dancers showed no increase in the angles of the bones at the great toe joint compared to radiographs of the [...]

Bunion Information

A bunion is a structural change in the foot, resulting in a bone deformity at the big toe joint. The movement of the 1st metatarsal (long bone on the inside of the foot) toward the center line of the body and the movement of the great toe toward the smaller toes causes a bump to [...]

Prevention of Bunions

A bunion is bone deformity at the big toe joint which results from a structural change in the foot. The 1st metatarsal, the first of five long bones in the foot, moves inward (toward the center of the body) and the big toe moves outward (toward the small toes). This movement develops slowly over time, [...]

Fewer Complications in Diabetics With Better Blood Glucose Control

A new study, presented as a thesis at the University of Gothenburg Sahlgrenska Academy, finds that diabetics who maintain their blood glucose at normal levels have a lower risk of eye, kidney and nerve complications. The study analyzed 4,000 patients’ records from multiple diabetes clinics in western Sweden over an eight period, from 1996-2004. They [...]

Bunion Hypermobility

A bunion is a structural change in the foot which results from faulty foot mechanics. When the foot is flexible, the arch tends to collapse and the long bones in the foot spread out over time. The mechanics of the foot are altered as well as the pull of the tendons. This combination causes bunions [...]

Bunionette

A bunionette, also called a tailor’s bunion, is a structural change in the foot. The long bone on the outside of the foot, the 5th metatarsal, moves away from the center line of the body and the 5th toe moves towards the other toes, as seen in the image to the left. This movement results [...]

What is a hammertoe?

Tendon imbalance over time will result in the gradual pull of the toes up into a contracted position. Tendon imbalance is generally due to faulty foot mechanics and may be associated with a high or low arch foot. With a high or low arch foot, the pull of the tendons on the top of the [...]

What is a bunion?

Most people think a bunion is a bone growth or a bone spur because of the large prominence which develops on the inside of the big toe joint. Unfortunately, bunions are much more complex. A bunion is a bone deformity at the big toe (great toe) joint which results from a structural change in the [...]

Bunions – What You Can Do

A bunion is a bone deformity at the great toe joint. The long bone at the inside of the foot moves towards the center of the body. The big toe moves towards the small toes. This movement causes a large bump at the inside of the foot. There is sometimes an associated bone growth or [...]