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What are the signs and symptoms of a bunion?

Symptoms of bunions include the common signs of inflammation such as redness, swelling, and pain. The dominant

symptom of a bunion is a big bulging bump on the inside of the base of the big toe. Other symptoms include swelling, soreness and redness around the big toe joint, a tough callus at the bottom of the big toe, and persistent or intermittent pain. Bunions may or may not cause symptoms. A frequent symptom is pain in the involved area when walking or wearing shoes that is relieved by resting. A bunion causes enlargement of the base of the big toe and is usually associated with positioning of the big toe toward the smaller toes. This leads to intermittent or chronic pain at the base of the big toe. The discomfort is primarily located along the inside of the foot just behind the big toe. Because of friction, a callus may develop over the bunion. If an overlapping of the toes is allowed, additional rubbing and pain occurs. Inflammation of this area causes a decrease in motion with associated discomfort in the joint between the big toe and the first metatarsal. If allowed to worsen, the skin over the bunion may break down causing an ulcer, which also presents a problem of potential infection. (Foot ulcers can be particularly dangerous for people with diabetes, who may have trouble feeling the ulcer forming and healing if it becomes infected.)

More information on bunion

What are bunions? - A bunion is the painful swelling of the fluid-filled sac, called the bursa, at the first joint of the big toe. Bunions are often caused by narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes.
What causes bunions? - Bunions are often caused by narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes. These compress the big toe and push it toward the second toe.
What're the symptoms of a bunion? - Symptoms of bunions include the common signs of inflammation such as redness, swelling, and pain. Other symptoms include swelling, soreness and redness around the big toe joint.
How are bunions diagnosed? - Bunions and hallux valgus are diagnosed by examination. An evaluation should be performed by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
What's the treatment for bunions? - Treatment for bunions are based on the severity of the deformity and symptoms. Surgical removal of a bunion is usually done.
What's bunion removal surgery? - The goal of the bunion removal surgery is to correct the cause of the bunion and to prevent the bunion from growing back.
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