A bunion can be painful, especially in shoes or with certain activity.
A bunion (aka hallux valgus) is a bump on the side of the big toe that reflects changes in the bony framework of the front of the foot. The big toe leans towards the second toe, throwing the bones out of aligment. Bunions are a progressive disorder and symotoms generally appear at later stages.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
A bump on the joint at the base of the big toe
Difficulty moving the big toe
Red and swollen toe
Pain around the big toe joint, sometimes numbness
How is a bunion treated?
If the treatments you have tried on your own don't help, a podiatrist may be able to help.
We may recommend a special shoe insert (called an orthotic) to align and support your toe during the day.
Injection therapy may help to relieve pressure from inflamation.
When conservative measures fail, surgery may be an option to realign the toe and remove the bony bump of a bunion.
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