As a mother of a 16 year old daughter, I see she has the beginnings of bunions. Is there anything she can do to prevent this from getting worse? We live in Manhattan currently.
Bunions can develop at young ages, and can be caused from a combination of genetics and shoe gear. It is good that you are intervening early to prevent the need for bunion surgery in the future. The simplest thing you can do for your daughter to is avoid narrow pointy toes shoes as the physically push the big toe over, forming a bunion. Also, remember that the bones of a young child are still malleable, are some shoe gear can promote structural changes in the bone. Other simple things you can do is buy toe spacers and bunion splints that are available in many drug stores in Manhattan.