20 Jun 2018 Will a Juvenile Bunion Go Away?
Bunions or the proper term hallux abducto valgus (HAV), are generally thought of as a problem only experienced by older ladies who have spent their lifetime in high heels. However, bunions can occur in children and teenagers as well, especially if a parent has a history of this foot condition.
What is a bunion and how is it caused?
Bunions result in the big toe moving towards the 2nd toe and over time, a bony bump forms at the base of the big toe joint. Often, the joint can become arthritic and painful and finding shoes to accommodate the joint can be quite frustrating.
Although tight fitting shoes are a common cause of bunions, some children develop juvenile bunions regardless of the type of shoes they wear. In these cases, it is usually related to family inheritance of certain foot postures. Girls between the ages of 10-15 are most commonly affected however boys are capable of developing them also. Having feet flat, excess pronation are also contributing factors to this foot condition.
How can they be treated?
The main goal of intervention is to manage any painful symptoms, relieve pressure on the big toe joint as well as slow down the progression of the deformity.
The following treatment options may be explored by your podiatrist:
- Change in footwear
- Orthotic therapy
- Toe separators
- Adding padding to the shoe
- Night splints
If bunions are a problem for your child, addressing the issue as early as possible will maximise the chance for successful management in the future. So please do not hesitate to book in with one of our friendly and skilled podiatrists today!