What are Bunions?

Bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, are a common foot deformity involving the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition develops when the big toe begins to lean toward the second toe, leading to a bony bump on the side of the foot.

The development of a bunion results in the misalignment of the first metatarsal bone and can cause the tip of the big toe to get pulled towards the smaller toes. This misalignment forms a bony prominence on the side of the foot, which is the bunion itself. Over time, this area can become red, tender, and painful.

What are Signs & Symptoms of Bunions?

What are some Treatment Options for Bunions?

  • Lifestyle and Footwear Changes
  • Padding and Taping
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Splints for Nighttime Wear
  • Surgery

Managing bunions effectively often involves a combination of these treatments. While non-surgical methods can help alleviate pain and slow the progression of the bunion, surgery might be considered for severe cases or when conservative treatments fail to provide relief. Consulting with a healthcare professional is essential for choosing the appropriate treatment strategy tailored to the individual’s specific condition and lifestyle needs.