A Bunion is a bony deformity that sticks out of the side of the foot below the big toe. When a Bunion develops, the big toe will typically start to point towards the other toes on the same foot, which may then result in the metatarsal bone attached to it sticking outwards.
How Common Are Bunions?
- Bunions are very common; approximately ¼ of adults have Bunions.
- Women experience Bunion symptoms more than men
- Bunions can affect any age group and are often seen to develop in early teens, but they are more common as people age.
Are They Serious?
A Bunion can be very painful and can lead to a swollen big toe and even overlapping toes. They are progressive, meaning that they will not get better if left alone and will get worse over time. Poorly fitted narrow shoes or shoes with heels can exacerbate the symptoms and speed up the progression.