What is it?

A bunion is a painful enlargement caused by swelling of the big toe joint. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct severe bunions.

Do I have it?

You may have a bunion if you have:

  • Pain of your big toe joint, which may make walking difficult
  • Redness and swelling of your big toe joint
  • A callus underneath your big toe joint
  • Pain or decreased motion of your big toe

What causes it?

Heredity, poorly fitting shoes, and abnormal motion of the feet are some major causes of bunions. Shoes that are too narrow may cause the bunion to worsen. Arthritis can also be a factor.

How can I help prevent it?

  • Wear insoles and well-fitting shoes to help slow down the progression of bunions and alleviate discomfort. Cushioning can also help alleviate discomfort
  • Consider wearing shoes with a wide toe box so they don't crowd your toes
  • Children can also develop bunions and should wear properly fitting shoes as their feet are still developing
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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