Bunions are more common in adults, if your child has developed bunions it needs to be treated right away. Treatment going to prevent the bunion from getting any larger and should take away the pain. If your child needs to get bunion surgery, it should be avoided until their growth plates have fused together. Surgery should always be the LAST choice. If you suspect you’re children having bunions contact your foot and ankle doctor and set up an appointment. The sooner you start the treatment the better chances at not having surgery.
If your child has a bunion deformity it’s called Juvenile bunion, this is where the joint at the base of the big toe in the child moves at an angle that moves toward the second toe. Juvenile bunion is more serious as the years grow if it is not treated.
Children get bunions by wearing shoes and with Juvenile bunions it’s related to a heredity gene. Juvenile bunions are often secondary to ligamentous laxity and excessive pronation. When your child starts to pronate excessively, it starts to place pressure on the big toe joint that prevents the normal function. Which forces the toe to the side instead of bending up the correct way.
Our goal is to reduce the causes of the bunions and the only way to do that is by helping prevent the bunion from getting any bigger. This would involve a non-surgical treatment that you can use orthotics that are made to prevent bunions. Which means that the shoes are wider and they also stretch.
Surgery for your child would be the very last resort when treating a bunion problem. It’s not recommend for your child to get treatment because the bone isn’t fully developed you could risk the chance at potential damage their growth plates.