Monday, 01 August 2016 12:12

Olympic Gymnast Admits to Having Bunions

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bunions7Olympic rhythmic gymnast, Kiana Eide, recently admitted to having bunions. Rhythmic gymnastics is hard on the body, especially the feet. Eide claims that the sport can make a young person have “feet like a grandma.” Eide claims that she’s always had bunions, and that they are the least of her worries.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If your feet are hurting, contact our one of our podiatrists of Greene Podiatry Associates, Inc.Our doctorswill assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Waynesburg and Fredericktown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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