Bunions are large bumps on the inside of the foot, at the joint just below the big toe (the 1st metatarso-phalangeal joint). Bunions are usually a combination of abnormal bone growth and a swollen bursal sac (soft tissue fluid sac).
Development of bunions is influenced by family history, abnormal foot function and footwear. Whilst footwear is not the single greatest cause of bunions, it will exacerbate any genetic and/or biomechanical influences you have.
Bunions are often not painful on their own. Inappropriate footwear and abnormal foot function are usually the cause of pain associated with bunions. These influences can be addressed by your Podiatrist.
In addition to conservative podiatric bunion management, your podiatrist can discuss surgical options that may are available. If conservative treatment does not produce a satisfactory outcome we can refer you to an Orthopaedic surgeon who commonly perform such procedures.