Understanding Bunions | Juvenile Hallux Valgus

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: 

  • A bump at the base of the big toe
  • Redness or swelling
  • Pain around the bunion and when walking
  • Difficulty in finding shoes that fit comfortably

For more information on bunions and how they form, you can refer their full entry here.

Bunions can happen to children too, but are usually easier to treat. | Family Podiatry Centre | Best Foot Doctor Podiatrist DPM Clinic Singapore Malaysia

What causes Juvenile Hallux Valgus?

Bunions in children are caused by the same factors as in adults. Namely:

  • Genetics
    • These are the biggest factor to consider with bunions – if you have bunions, it is likely that your children will develop them as well.
  • Ill-fitting shoes, especially ones with a narrow front or toe box
  • Excessive pronation (the inward movement of the feet while walking)
  • A hypermobile toe joint
  • Flat feet

Best Bunions Treatment For Children

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.

Written by Kardem Kiter
Written by Kardem Kiter

Based in Singapore, Degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Johannesburg. Published in The Foot and member of The Golden Key Honour Society.

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