A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe. These form as a result of prolonged stress on the joints, which is often associated with wearing poorly fitting shoes. With time, the bone structure changes, making it painful to wear the same shoes or walk. Bunions are more common in women due to the tighter nature of many shoes, but there are other factors such as genetics and arthritis that can also cause bunions.
There are many conservative treatment options available to individuals who have this deformity. Most of the time, simple changes such as switching to wider shoes can relieve the pain, but in the case of severe foot and ankle pain, a surgical procedure known as a bunionectomy may be recommended.
If you are interested in learning more about the available treatment options for foot and ankle pain, contact our team at BEST Health System and get started on your path to recovery. In the meantime, check out this guide designed to help you understand bunion development and treatment options.