Understanding Bunions -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on April 21, 2021

How Can I Prevent Bunions?

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.


Show Sources

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine.
National Health Services (NHS) Direct.
PubMed Health: "Bunions."

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