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Common Symptoms of Bunions

Bunions, a prevalent foot deformity, reveal themselves through an array of recognizable symptoms. One telltale sign is the development of a bony bump at the base of the big toe, often accompanied by redness and swelling. As the tip of the big toe deviates toward the adjacent toes, persistent pain or soreness ensues, particularly when walking or wearing shoes. Corns or calluses may form where the first and second toes overlap, exacerbating discomfort. Limited toe movement and stiffness can impede flexibility. Shoes that once fit comfortably may now cause tightness and discomfort, reflecting the altered shape of the foot. Recognizing these common symptoms is pivotal for timely intervention. By understanding these subtle yet critical signs, individuals can take proactive steps towards managing bunions and nurturing overall foot health. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the best relief and treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Surgical Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Henderson, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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