A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. A bunion often occurs when your big toe presses against your next toe and irritates the joint, forcing it to enlarge and stick out.
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette) forms when your smallest toe, your fifth metatarsal bone, expands outwards and develops a bony growth.
Adolescents often develop bunions at the bottom of the big toe, and as they grow, the bunions worsen. Bunions are more common in women than men.
The cause of bunions isn’t always definitive, but these bony growths have been associated with genetic defects, medical and inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and foot injuries. Bunions are permanent and can require surgical correction. Early treatment is typically centered around limiting or halting the progression of the bunion, relieving pressure and pain, dispersing inflammation, and restoring optimal functionality of your foot.
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