What is it?
Bunions are bony lumps or bump that form on the side of the big toe. This bump is actually the result of an abnormality of the foot bones that causes your big toe to lean toward your second toe instead of being straight. This angle produces the bump you see on your toe.
What are the symptoms?
- Symptom includes a bump. In some cases, the bump is painless. Over time, however, a bunion will cause the toes to crowd together. This can cause pain, and possibly a permanent deformity
- Symptoms usually include: A bump on big toe and Your big toe pointing towards your other toes Red and swollen bunion Hard, red or swollen skin over the lump In addition to the bump thick skin on the underside of your big toe calluses on your second toe foot pain that may be persistent or come and go difficulty moving your big toe The pain associated with a bunion might make it difficult to walk inability to find shoes that fit you comfortably decreased flexibility and joint fitness in your big toe
- wear wide shoes with a low heel and soft sole
- hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the bunion for up to 5 minutes at a time
- try bunion pads (soft pads you put in shoes to stop them rubbing on a bunion) – you can buy these from pharmacies
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen
- try to lose weight if you’re overweight
wear high heels or tight, pointy shoes
Things to watch out for
Surgery is the only way to get rid of them, but there are things you can do to ease any pain they cause. See your GP for further evaluation or if its bothering you