How common is a bunion?
Bunions are a common and relatively minor foot condition.
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A bunion is a bony lump that forms on the side of the big toe where it meets the foot. This is a very common condition that occurs in people that have an inward-bending big toe, which forms a protrusion on the side of the foot that can attract persistent pressure and …
The presence of a bunion can be indicated by: a sore, red or swollen bump on the outside base of the big toe; thickened skin on the outside base of the big toe; ongoing or intermittent pain; limited movement of the big toe, and; widening of the foot.
Bunions can occur naturally in some people as their toes develop, can be caused by arthritis in the big toe, or caused by shoes that do not fit correctly.
Bunions can occur in anyone, but are more common in women and in people who have a family history of the condition.
Bunions can be easily identified by your doctor during an examination. Your doctor will look for a V-shaped protrusion from the side of your foot at the base of your big toe.
Depending on the severity of your bunion, various treatment options are available. These are categorised generally into simple self-care techniques including wearing shoes that fit correctly with plenty of room for your toes, or surgical operations.
Operations for bunions are generally only required if there is persistent pain or ongoing problems with your feet or toes. A foot surgeon will be required and, depending on your condition, may perform various operations. These can …