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What Increases Your Risk

Bunions can develop at any time and are found in both children and adults. You are at increased risk for having bunions if you:

  • Are female. Women are much more likely than men to get bunions.
  • Wear shoes that are too tight or narrow, too small, or high-heeled. This is one reason bunions are more common in women. Men's shoes tend to fit the actual size of their feet more closely.
  • Have abnormal rolling inward of the foot while walking (excessive pronation camera.gif).
  • Have a family history of bunions.
  • Have rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause swelling and deformity around the big toe joint (and other joints).
  • Have gout, a form of arthritis that often occurs in the big toe joint.
  • Have a job or hobby (such as running) that places considerable stress on the foot.
  • Have flatfoot or low arches.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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