A bunion occurs when the big toe deforms and angles permanently towards the second toe, causing redness, irritation, and pain in the area. While some experts believe bunions are caused by improper footwear, others believe they are a genetic condition that is exacerbated by poor footwear. Contrary to popular belief, the “bump” on the side of the foot indicating a bunion isn’t an enlargement of the bone underneath; rather, it is typically just the head of the first metatarsal bone that has simply tilted sideways.
Conservative treatment approaches for bunions include the use of orthotics and more foot appropriate shoes. In some cases, surgery is required to correct the deformity.
To learn more about the treatment options available for bunions, please complete the appointment request box or call 888-660-2663 to schedule a consultation with a Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists specialty-trained foot doctor. Treatment of bunions varies greatly.