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Every woman with bunions fears the summer. Maybe every man does too. They’re a terribly unattractive affliction. A bunion is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. This makes the big toe appear crooked – angled towards the middle toe.

What causes them?

It is unknown exactly what causes bunions, but it could be one or more of the following:

This is a bunion

What are the symptoms?

Bunions sometimes cause pain. Other symptoms may include:

Bunion surgery

How do I get it diagnosed?

Bunions usually get worse over time, so if you develop one, see your doctor. It is important to get medical help if you have a bunion that is causing pain or discomfort, or if you are having trouble finding footwear that fits.

The doctor will provide a foot examination and ask you about your shoe preferences.

So how do I get rid of them?

Bunions may only need to be treated if they cause significant pain and discomfort and if the deformity is severe.

Various non-surgical treatments can be used to provide pain relief, but they can’t stop a bunion from becoming progressively worse over time.

Possible non-surgical treatments include:

If your case is extreme, your doctor may refer you for surgery. The ai[]m of bunion surgery is to relieve pain and improve the alignment of your big toe. It is not usually carried out for cosmetic reasons alone. Even after surgery, there may still be limits to the styles of shoe you can wear. There are different types of surgical procedures, depending on how bad the deformity

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