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A bunion can show up as a bony bump on the joint of your big toe. Bunions can occur when the bones in the front part of your foot shift out of place. In this moment, the tip of your big toe is getting pulled closer to your smaller toes thus forcing the joint that makes up the base of your biggest toe to poke out. Bunions can also be a result of the shape of your foot, a deformity of the foot, or even a medical condition known as arthritis.

Bunions smaller in size, known as bunionettes, can also reside on the joint that makes up your smallest toe.

Symptoms of bunions:

  • Skin that covers bunion could appear red or irritated
  • Joint pain
  • Bone sticking out from joint

Treatments for bunions:

  • Wearing shoes that are not too tight
  • Pad the area where the bunion is with non-medicated cushions to ease the pain
  • Medications such as Tylenol, Aleve, Advil or Motrin can be helpful for the pain
  • Shoe inserts can help with reducing the pressure on the foot and buffer pain between the shoe you are wearing and the area where there the bunion is located
  • Utilize and ice pack for swelling
  • Surgery