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Are caused by a abnormal enlargement at the joint between the foot and the beginning of the big toe, this is the result of pressure.

What to look for

Unusual tenderness, redness, swelling or pain at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot, especially if the becomes shiny and cool to the touch A bony growth at the side of the foot behind the big toe.
A bunion is an peculiar bump or deform in the bone that forms the ball of the foot at the base of the big toe. Sometimes it pushing the big toe inward so it overlaps one or more of the other toes. Because a bunion develops at the joint where the toe bends in normal walking, at each step your entire body weight rests on it. While most bunions don't affect normal walking, they can be very painful.


Bunions are provoked by wearing shoes which are too tight for your toes. Foot problems normally develop in early adulthood, becoming more noticeable as the foot grows with aging. Bunions can be genetic and develop along with other problems associated with weak or poor foot Pattern, as well as with corns and calluses. Bunions seldom develop with arthritis. Most of the time, bunions are so visible because of the pain and the odd shape of the toe that further diagnosis is unnecessary.

Personal Care

A hot compress or soaking in warm water will ease the pain. When your bunions causes sore feet



Always wear comfortable shoes especially in childhood to avoid problems later on. Exercising your feet can strengthen them, especially if you learn how to pick up medium objects with your toes.

When to seek further professional advice

When you notice any of the symptoms presented above

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Homoeopathy - Following and study of your feet, you can be prescribed remedies that may relieve the pain of a bunion. .
Herbal Treatments - Try drinking nettle tea everyday for some relief. Also a warm bandage using rosemary, mustard or calendula oil followed by an ice pack can be soothing.

Traditional Treatment

Reducing a bunion's pain mostly consists of steps to ease the pain and inflammation, this is followed by measures to prevent recurrence. Medication may be prescribed or a over-the-counter pain remedy may help to relieve the swelling and inflammation. Try a warm footbath or spa to relieve the immediate pain and discomford, as may a anesthetic cream containing a chili-pepper extract. wearing well-made, well-fitting shoes may be all the therapy you need if you bunions isn’t persistently painful and you catch it early, by wearing specially designed insoles and uppers that take the pressure off your joints and this will help your foot to regain its proper shape.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18