It is not certain how many people have
bunions, and their prevalence appears to vary in
different populations. Bunions can develop at any
time and are found in both children and adults.
In one study, about 1 out of 50 children ages
9 and 10 had bunions.1
About half of
adults are thought to have some signs of bunion deformity.1
Ten times as many women as men have
bunions.2 This is due in part to the fact that many
women wear shoes that have high heels, are too narrow, or both. Men's shoes
tend to fit the actual size of their feet more closely.
Ferrari J (2008). Bunions, search date May 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Frey C, ed. (2005). Hallux valgus section of Foot and
ankle. In LY Griffin, ed., Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 3rd ed., pp. 648-650. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of
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