A bunion is a deformity of the big toe in which a firm pad filled with fluid forms on the side of the foot at the base of the toe. The big toe bends toward the second toe, sometimes overlapping it, causing the base of the big toe to protrude beyond the normal alignment of the foot. The resulting bump at the base of the big toe is called a bunion. Because the bunion is constantly being rubbed, the skin becomes thick. Wearing tight shoes with pointed toes and high heels is most often the cause of bunions, however heredity may also be a factor.
Treatment for bunions is basically focused on finding shoes that fit right with plenty of room in the toes. These are called wide toe box shoes. Surgery is generally not necessary, but may be considered when the bunion causes pain or disability.
For more information about bunions, please call (918) 494-AOOK (2665).