Bunions are often seen as a bump on the side of the big toe. A bunion occurs when the joint at the base of your big toe becomes enlarged, sore and swollen. Your big toe may start to angle toward your second toe, or move underneath it, this puts the other bones out of alignment, producing the bump that we call the bunion. Bunions are progressive. They begin with the leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which continues to become increasingly prominent.
Bunions can be painful; if you are experiencing problems with your feet then come and see North Queensland Podiatry for a diagnosis and treatment options. These can range from footwear advice, padding, and orthotics and in some extreme circumstances surgery may be recommended.