Bunions (cont.)

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Can bunions be prevented?

If the diagnosis is made early on, such as in preadolescence, bunion development can be slowed and in some cases arrested with the proper supportive shoe gear and custom functional shoe inserts (orthotics). Avoidance of certain athletic activities with improper shoe fit and toe pressure can prevent the symptoms that occur with bunions.

What is the prognosis of a bunion?

The treatments described above are very effective in treating bunion deformities, and the prognosis can be excellent. However, the correct diagnosis is essential to define any underlying structural deformity as well as its severity and whether or not there is arthritis involvement. Also, a bunion is a progressive deformity and will get worse with time. It is, therefore, advised to consult with a specialist if you think you or your child has a bunion.

Medically reviewed by Michael DeVito, DPM; American Board of Podiatric Surgery


Klippel, John H., eds., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 13th ed. New York: Springer, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2014

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