The most recognisable feature of a Bunion is the bony bump sticking out of the side of the foot below the joint of the foot. This could be below the big toe joint:
Or below the little toe, which is known as a Tailor’s Bunionette:
A Bunion or Tailor’s Bunionette can start to appear quite subtly with only a mild bump and little to no symptoms. However, the condition is progressive and will get worse over time, unless treated.
As the joint deviates further the affected toe may start to overlap other toes or become uncomfortable in footwear. This may lead to a range of painful or uncomfortable symptoms or secondary deformities.
Soreness or Pain
Swelling around the joint
Toe movement is restricted
Pain when moving the affected toe
Bump at the joint of the affected toe
Corns or calluses
When Should My Bunion Be Treated?
Bunion deformities can range from mild to severe:
There is no precise point when you should seek treatment for your Bunion, although generally patients look for help when the condition becomes painful. It is important to bare in mind that Bunion’s do get worse over time if there is no intervention. A broad rule of thumb is the earlier you treat your Bunion the longer you can prevent surgery.
Some key elements to consider are:
Is your Bunion painful?
Does your Bunion affect your activities?
Does your Bunion affect footwear choice?
Is your Bunion affecting the other toes on your feet?