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Bunions result from abnormal bone alignment of the 1st metatarsaophalangeal joint of the great toe.
On occasion, bunions can occur on the 5th toe (Tailor’s Bunions or Bunionettes). Bunions can cause pain, swelling and redness.
A bunion is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. The big toe often bends towards the other toes and the joint becomes red and painful.
Onset is gradual. Complications may include bursitis or arthritis.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Many people do not experience any symptoms in the early stages of bunion formation. Symptoms are most often experienced when the bunion becomes more pronounced, or when the patient wears high-heeled shoes or shoes that crowd the toes.
When symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Physical discomfort or pain
- A burning feeling along the side of big toe
- Redness and swelling over the bunion
- Numbness along the side of the big toe
- Difficulty walking
What Causes Bunions?
The exact cause is unclear. Proposed factors include wearing overly tight shoes, family history, and rheumatoid arthritis. Diagnosis is generally based on symptoms and supported by X-rays. A similar condition of the little toe is referred to as a bunionette.
People think of a bunion as being a growth on the side of the foot near the big toe; however, bunions go deeper than what we can see. A bunion actually reflects a change in the anatomy of the foot. Essentially, a bunion develops when the big toe begins to point toward the second toe. This eventually produces the growth on the inside of the foot.
Non surgical treatment may include proper orthopedic footwear and / or foot orthotics. According to Wikipedia, this problem affects about 23% of adults. Females are affected more often than males. The usual age of onset is between 20 and 50.
The condition also becomes more common with age.
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