It is commonly thought that only older people can have bunions, however bunions, or hallux valgus, can occur in younger patients as well.
As the weather is getting warmer, the sandals are coming out and everyone's feet that have been hibernating for the past few months are now exposed. A patient asked me if she thought her daughter was developing a bunion, or was she just too young for that? Although the prevalence of bunions, or Hallux Valgus, increases as you get older, there are incidences of juvenile Hallux Valgus. This usually occurs in patients who are younger than 18 years of age. Because the tendency to have a bunion deformity is hereditary, it is possible for younger patients to start showing signs of Hallux Valgus. The important step to take if you think your child may be developing a bunion is to bring him or her in for an exam. There are ways to prevent the deformity from progressing. One recommendation our doctors may make is for a custom or semi custom orthotic. Orthotics are worn in shoes and help improve any biomechanical deformities that may cause the bunion and although it is not a cure, it sure helps to prevent worsening of the condition. So if you have any questions about your child's feet or if what you see is a bunion or not, make an appointment with one of our doctors.
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