Music is generally easy to learn. In fact, when I was still a piano instructor at a local school, I had a few students who became exceptionally good at playing a simple piece in less than a month. This is especially true among students who have an inclination in music.
However, certain conditions may prevent some people to learn some instruments. For instance, if you had a bad injury in your fingers, or if you are affected by illnesses such as Reynaud’s disease or Dupuytren’s disease, it may be challenging to learn to play a guitar or the piano. And if you think that you don’t have to be concerned since it is only your feet that have certain conditions, you are mistaken.
One of the most common problems that affect the feet is bunion. If you have this condition, it may be difficult for you to use your feet for playing some instruments such as when you have to use your foot to strike the drum pedal, or when you need to use the pedals of the piano. But of course, it depends on the severity of your condition.
Bunion refers to the abnormal bony hump that may form at the base of your big toe. More often, the hump causes the big toe to deviate closely to the other toes. The base of the big toe normally pushes outward toward the first of the metatarsal bones. This condition may also happen to the little toe, in such case, it is called tailors bunion or bunionette.
Bunion may seem to be a minor condition that will not significantly impact a person’s daily routine. However, since the toes normally bend when walking and bunion affects the joints, it can affect a person’s normal routine. It can be painful to do any activity with your feet like walking, playing an instrument with your feet, dancing and others.
Many people are not aware on what causes bunions. Bunions may be hereditary and could run in the family for generations. It may also develop from a minor foot problem to a bunion as the person ages. People with arthritis are also prone to developing bunions. Compared to men, women are more at risk of developing bunions because of wearing heeled or pointed shoes.
For any healthy person, it can develop when the weight during walking or doing other activities that use the feet is unevenly distributed among the tendons and joints of the feet. For most people, the pressure is borne by the big toe, causing it to become unstable and to slowly form a hard knob which will later develop into a bunion. For people with discrepancies in the length of their legs, bunions usually develop on the foot of the longer leg.
Although bunions generally do not require medical treatment, you should seek medical attention if they are already causing persistent pain, causing you difficulty to move your toe or foot, if the bump becomes very big, or if you already have difficulty in finding shoes that will fit you because of the bunion. The same is true if you are a musician and your bunion prevents you from playing certain instruments that you want to play with your foot. That is why you should treat bunions early enough to minimize any further complications.