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All About Bunions

A bunion, or hallux valgus, is when a bony bump occurs on the joint of the big toe. This happens when a few of the bones on the top part of the feet move out of place. As a result of prolonged pressure, the tip of the big toe is pulled toward the smaller toes and forces the joint of the big toe to remain stuck. The skin above the bunion may get red and sore, and calluses might form where the shoe rubs against it. Wearing narrow, tight shoes or standing for a prolonged time might contribute to this condition and make it worse. Bunions can also form from one’s foot shape, a medical problem, such as arthritis, or a foot deformity. Wearing better-fitting shoes, obtaining bunion pads, or using toe spacers might help, and if not, a surgery called a bunionectomy can be performed. The elderly and women are most apt to suffer from this problem. If you have a bunion, consult with a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and suggest the best treatment options for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Itasca Foot & Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Itasca, IL or Hoffman Estate, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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