Bunions: A Closer Look
A bunion, also referred to as hallux valgus, is a painful bony bump on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe.
Bunions are slow to develop. Over time, pressure placed on the big toe will force it to lean toward the second toe. This pressure changes the structure of the joint resulting in the bunion bump.
Anyone can develop a bunion, although it is more common among women, mostly due to tight restrictive foot wear that pinch the toes. Aside from the visible bump, symptoms may include; pain and tenderness, redness and inflammation, a callus or corn on the bump, and stiffness with restricted motion.
There are a few nonsurgical options:
• Properly fitted foot wear
• Protective padding over the bump to provide cushion
• Toe spacers
• Bunion splints
For more specific information, please check with your provider.