The Facts on Foot Bunions:

What Are Bunions?

Image of a person's feet with one foot  showing a bunion. 

Bunions are painful enlargements of the area behind your big toe.

Pain or stiffness in the big toe is one of a handful of bunion symptoms. Bunions can cause the foot to evert or turn outward, making it difficult to walk. Although bunions tend to be most common in women, anyone – even children – can get them.

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 Bunions?

There are multiple factors that can contribute to bunions. For example:

  • Poorly fitting shoes, especially ones that are too narrow
  • Abnormal motion of your feet

Whatever the cause, bunions form when the bones in the larger joint of your big toe becomes misaligned.

What Can I Do?

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