Bunion Surgery, Treatment, Home Remedies, Symptoms - MedicineNet

Bunion Surgery, Treatment, Home Remedies, Symptoms - MedicineNet

All of the women in my family have horrible bunions. Are there any exercises that can ward off or help bunions?
Author: Richard Weil, MEd, CDE
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

A bunion is an irregular bony prominence (a bump) on the joint where yourbig toe meets the main bones of your foot. The bunion causes the end of thebig toe to bend toward the other toes and crowd them, while the bone at thebase of the toe where it meets the foot moves outward beyond the normallimits of where the bone should be. Pain is caused by inflammation and thebone pressing against the shoe. Bunions are more common in women, as youreport, and are caused by a number of reasons, including shoes that are tootight, years of abnormal motion (like dancers on point), poor footmechanics, bone deformities, flat feet, and arthritis.

Treatment usually includes shoes with a roomy toe box (you should be ableto wiggle your toes; the toe box should be wide enough to accommodate thebony prominence), padding, over-the-counterarch supports, orthotics, andtaping by a physical therapist or doctor. Surgery is an option whenconservative treatment fails and you have chronic pain.
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