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What are Bunions?

BUNIONS are painful swellings that occur at the base of the first toe on the inner side of the foot as a result of inflammation and can lead to pain, tenderness and an altered position of the first toe. Bunions tend to run in families, suggesting that the inherited shape of the foot may lead some people to develop this condition. Flat feet, which are often unstable, can also cause bunions as the uneven pressure on the foot may cause the toe to bend and deform. Bunions can also be caused by shoes that are too small or uncomfortable, and are much more common in men than in women.


  • Large bump on the outside of the big toe
  • Swelling, redness or soreness around the big toe joint
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Corns or calluses
  • Pain
  • Restricted movement

As time goes on, bunions often grow larger and become more painful


Treatment for bunions depends on the severity of the condition, although early treatment is always considered most effective. Nonsurgical treatments such as changing shoes, applying ice, medication, orthotics and physical therapy can often help relieve symptoms of mild bunions. More severe cases may require surgical removal, which is often successful in relieving pain, inflammation, deformities and stiffness.

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