Bunions are a very common foot deformity. Bunions are more commonly found in women. Most would describe a bunion as a painful bump in the side of the big toe. However, a bunion is the shifting of the bones, where the big toe shifts toward the 2nd toe.

Bunions are a progressing disorder in the great toe bones. Bunion disorder is most often a genetic factor; however, some are prone to developing a bunion. In most cases wearing shoes that squeeze the feet are not the cause of a bunion. Bunions can be made worse by wearing shoes that are too tight; bunions can also became more painful from wearing shoes that are too tight.

What you might feel if your have a bunion
  • Pain while wearing shoes
  • Pressure on inside of the foot
  • May look red or be inflamed
  • burning sensation in the side
  • May have a visible lump at the great toe
  • May feel numb after an extended period of time in a shoe

All physicians have different treatments for bunions. Some Common treatments of bunions include:

  • X-rays to see how progressed the bunion is.
  • Padding the area to relieve pain.
  • Having a more structured routine, keeping off your feet when it is not necessary.
  • Certain pain relievers may also be prescribed to dull the pain.
  • Icing is helpful in reducing inflammation or pain.
  • Custom orthotics are sometimes used to position the foot correctly, reducing pain.
  • Surgery is a last resort for most physicians. All surgeons feel differently about the care and treatment for bunions.

Talk to your podiatrist about bunions and ask how they plan to treat your bunion. There are many factors in bunion treatment, so your podiatrist will come up with a plan for treatment specialized for you.