What’s the hottest new surgical procedure? It’s bunion foot surgery. And even though bunions are considered an old-person’s problem, these days, most surgeries are being performed on women in their 20s and 30s! And for some, it’s just so their feet will look smaller and prettier!

So, what exactly is a bunion? Dr. Michael Trepal is a surgery professor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. And he says it’s a painful bump that usually starts in young adulthood. It forms when your big-toe joint and foot bones slowly become misaligned which causes the tissues around it to shift and swell.  And presto, wider feet and painful bunions!

But what causes bunions? A combination of genetics and pressure from your shoes. High heels and pointy shoes are nicknamed “bunion makers."  That may be why women are 9 times more likely than men to develop them.

And experts say they’re seeing a surge in young women shelling out thousands of dollars to banish their bunions – so they can wear sandals again!

But some podiatrists warn that bunion surgery isn’t worth the risk. There are over 100 different bunion removal surgeries. The bigger the bunion, the more invasive the procedure – and the higher the risk of complications like infections and deformities. And depending on the surgery, you could be walking around bunion-free the next day – or it could take months for your feet to feel normal again. Plus, it’s not a guaranteed fix! There’s a 1 in 5 chance that your bunion will come back, post-op.