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I think I might have a bunion

Bunions are a deformity of the big toe joint. It is when the tarsal bone deviates from its usual position and pushes outwards. This can press on the smaller toes causing pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness around the joint. It can be especially hard to find comfortable shoes.

How did I get this?

Please don’t worry, you haven’t ‘done’ anything to make your bunions develop or get worse. Unfortunately, bunions are degenerative so they happen slowly over time. If you have one, it's likely someone else in your family will too as bunions tend to be hereditary. They are also linked with disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

What help can I get for this?

We can advise you on appropriate footwear and padding to help make walking and activity more comfortable. Ultimately, you may require intervention from a podiatry surgeon.

When will it get better?

Your symptoms may well settle, especially if you are careful with shoes, but the deformity is likely to progress. Surgery is the only effective way of correcting the deformity (but it may still reoccur in the future).


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