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Jon T. Fitzgerald: Bunion Surgeries Common Among Patients Young and Old

Feb 11 2013 12:00AM

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LAKE OSWEGO, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- Bunions are very common podiatric issues; however, a recent report by FOX highlights the fact that bunions are frequently experienced by young people as well as old, thereby dispelling the myth that they only occur in individuals who are elderly or who have spent years wearing high heeled shoes. Jon T. Fitzgerald, a podiatrist in the Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon, communities, explains that bunions are different from one patient to the next, no matter how common they may be. As such, he encourages individuals who have bunions to talk to their podiatrist to determine the best treatment plan for their particular case.

The article asserts: "An estimated 23 percent of adult Americans suffer from bunions, including more than two-thirds of people over the age of 65, according to a review of studies published in 2010 in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research." The article notes that, per the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, women are nine times more likely to develop bunions than men. Additionally, more than 50 percent of the female population will get bunions. But the article comments that genetics, motion, pressure, and footwear all play a role in determining if a bunion forms.

Michael Trepal, who is a professor of surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, explains that bunions are not something that develop just in old age: "There's a misconception that shoes cause the bunion. Shoes aggravate it and make it symptomatic, [usually] it starts to occur in the early phases of young adulthood, and as time goes on, it progresses."

"Although bunions are a very common problem, it is important to note that, like snowflakes, no two bunions are alike," asserts Jon T. Fitzgerald. "Certainly some bunions are a surgical problem; however, a great many can be relieved by nonsurgical modalities. A visit to the podiatrist will help patients to clear up any questions they may have about their particular case."

Dr. Fitzgerald encourages individuals to contact their local podiatrist if they have a bunion or suspect that one may be developing. By seeking treatment from a qualified and experienced medical professional, Dr. Fitzgerald explains that patients can benefit from the latest treatment techniques that are available. Additionally, they can seek a targeted treatment plan that is customized to their needs, taking into consideration their activity level, lifestyle, and other factors.

ABOUT:

Jon T. Fitzgerald is a podiatrist who provides treatment for ankle and foot issues in the Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon, areas. Jon T. Fitzgerald is committed to providing his patients the highest quality of care possible and uses his education, training, and experience to provide treatment recommendations to patients suffering from a number of foot- and ankle-related issues. Jon T. Fitzgerald practices at Ankle & Foot Clinic of Oregon.



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