The Least Instagram-able Baby Bump Ever: Pregnancy Bunions

Congratulations! It’s a B… bunion?

Bunions are a common foot problem in the U.S., affecting a quarter to a third of adults at some point in their life. Unfortunately, this incidence sky-rockets for new moms-to-be. Read on to learn what to expect (from your feet!) when you’re expecting.

Pregnancy Bunions

How do you know if you’re suffering from bunions? Take a look at your feet – you might need help from a mirror at this point! If you spot a bump on the inside of your foot, where the innermost bone of your foot meets with the big toe, it might be a bunion. It might look like a bone growth or deformity, but it’s actually just a misalignment of the bone. The head of the first metatarsal is shifting outward to form the protrusion.

A Bun in the Oven, a Pregnancy Bunion in the Shoe

There are two big reasons why pregnancy can lead to bunions. One is rapid weight gain, and the other is (you guessed it) HORMONES. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin allows bones in the pelvis to soften and spread for the baby. The catch is that relaxin affects the bones in your feet, too.  BAM Pregnancy Bunion!

Rapid weight gain from pregnancy leads to pressure and overloading on the front of your foot, making your arches unstable. The arches gradually collapse, which shifts the metatarsal bone outward.

Some bunions are mildly uncomfortable, while others can spell certain misery. Bunions can be small or large, and can be accompanied by some other nasty symptoms, like deviation of the toes, arch loss, chronic foot pain, and even pain up along the calf. Add in the natural foot swelling from water retention, and you’ve got feet in need of some serious TLC.

Pregnancy and Bunion Treatment

Nursing your Little Bunion of Joy

You’ve heard of maternity pants. Now it’s time for maternity shoes. If you’re having a hard time fitting into your shoes because of a bunion, find a shoe with a wider toe box. Try to stay off your feet and keep them elevated. You can have a foot and ankle specialist fit you for a special orthotic to support your arch and prevent further collapse. It’ll make walking around a bit more comfy, too!

UFAI, Bunion Surgery Los Angeles

The surgeons at University Foot and Ankle Institute are internationally recognized for their advancements in the treatment of  bunions. If you are suffering from bunions, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our bunion experts. Please call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com. We have 9 locations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, including: Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Manhattan Beach, Valencia, West Hills, Santa Barbara, Torrance, Beverly Hills and at UCLA Medical Plaza in West Los Angeles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

2 + 13 =

  • CustomerSure
    GREAT OFFICE STAFF, GREAT MEDICAL STAFF, GREAT DOCTOR!!! THANKS!
    Stanley W.
  • Yelp
    My right foot had been very tender and very painful for about two months, when I went to see Dr. Breskin. He was able to diagnose it right away and start treatment. I have Plantar Fasciitis. He answers all questions ...
    Penny L.
  • Angies List
    I used Gray O'Brien and he was excellent. They're very, very good. Everybody in that office as far as I can tell is very good. He was very consistent, personable and very professional. He did a great job. I think they...
    Anonymous
  • Yelp
    I saw Dr. Baravarian for multiple breaks in both feet.  Knowing that I would require multiple surgeries, I was looking for a doctor who was on the forefront of medical technology, so I took the time to find the most a...
    Scott C.
  • I can't thank you enough for all of those times you saw me at no charge. Many doctors would've turned their back on me the second my insurance ran out, but you didn't and you saw me at no charge.
    Andrew
  • Yelp
    Wonderful organization. Incredibly helpful and accommodating staff, and a brilliant, warm, caring physician in Dr. Franson. Cannot say enough good things.
    Jay J.
  • I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for everything you have done for me. You have truly blessed me in more ways than one.
    Lilly
  • ZocDoc
    Thorough exam with reasonable, cost effective solutions recommended.
    Catherine M.
  • From my first visit to the Foot and Ankle Institute in Santa Monica to my last physical therapy session, Dr. Baravarian and his team always took the time to answer all my questions and do everything possible to ensure...
    Chris
  • Yelp
    I saw Dr. Franson 2 years ago for bunion removal, and just this year had him replace my ankle and remove my other bunion. I can't tell you how great this doctor is. Very compasionate, very caring, and the staff is ju...
    Karen G.
Same day appointments now available!
or call us:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center