Bunions can occur during childhood as well and are called juvenile hallux valgus. The hallux (big toe) turns inwards to face the second toe, and a bony bump forms over the joint of the first toe.
Symptoms of bunions include:
For more information on bunions and how they form, you can refer their full entry here.
Bunions in children are caused by the same factors as in adults. Namely:
If left untreated, the bunion can lead to even more serious problems like a stiffened big toe or arthritis later in life. Fortunately, as children’s feet are still soft and pliable, bunions are more easily addressed early on. We highly recommend seeing a podiatrist to seek treatment for bunions before they worsen.