Understanding Bunions -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on April 28, 2023
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Because bunions develop slowly, taking care of your feet during childhood and early adulthood can pay off later in life.

  • Keep track of the shape of your feet as they develop over time, especially if bunions run in your family.
  • Exercising the feet can strengthen them. Learn to pick up small objects, like a pencil or pebble, with your toes.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and don't cramp or pinch your toes.
  • Women should avoid shoes with high heels or pointed toes.