The Price of Beauty

BunionDo you suffer from grizzly looking or painful bunions? Are you embarrassed to show your feet in public?

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are those ugly bumps at the base of the big toes most commonly caused by ill-fitting shoes. Aside from being aesthetically undesirable, bunions can be quite painful.

Who Gets Bunions And How Do You Get Them?

Women are more likely to suffer from bunions than men because of all those sexy high heels and restrictive shoes.

A bunion is an actual bone deformity that occurs when your big toe pushes against the other toes, forcing the base or joint of the big toe to protrude outward.

Bunions can occur on your little toes too; these are often called bunionettes (the name is the only thing cute about them). Bunionettes develop on the joints of your pinky toes when they are pushed against your other toes.

Wearing high heels, pointed shoes or shoes that are too narrow are the most common cause of bunions, but they can also be hereditary and/or exacerbated by arthritis.

In addition to the structural defect, the skin over the bunion can also become red, swollen, and sore. In severe cases, normal activities like walking, running, jumping or exercising can become painful.

Symptoms of Bunions

There are several symptoms associated with this type of bone deformity including:

The best thing you can do to prevent bunions is a wear shoe with low heels and wider widths. Wearing the right shoes will keep your feet happy and healthy.

Common Bunion Treatments

Bunions tend to get bigger and more painful if left untreated. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort if other treatments have failed to relieve or control your pain. Surgery is not recommended strictly for aesthetic reasons.

Bunion Surgery

Surgery typically involves an incision near the big toe and removal or realignment of the bone. There are several methods of bunion surgery. They type of surgery depends on the severity of the bunion and joint damage. The most common surgical procedures include:

Bunion Surgery Recovery

Recovery varies from person-to-person, depending on the type of surgery and how well you follow post-operative instructions. It may be several weeks before you can walk without a surgical boot, cast, or special shoes.

In some cases, it could be months before you can wear regular shoes again.

Physical therapy may also be needed to help the foot regain its strength and mobility.

Your Podiatrist will conduct a physical examination and take x-rays to determine the severity of your condition and the best course of action.


It’s important that you trust your Podiatrist. There are hundreds of Podiatrists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Podiatrists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

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