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What Caused My Bunion?

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when the first metatarsal bone of the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward toward the other toes. This causes the joint to extend out from the foot. A bunion can become painful and interfere with walking and exercising as the joint becomes inflamed. It can be difficult to find shoes that accommodate a bunion, and it is best to avoid any additional pressure on the misaligned joint. Women are more likely to develop bunions because they tend to wear narrow shoes and high heels. Bunions can also be genetic and may result due to abnormal foot structures and shapes. Those with low arches and loose joints or tendons, as well as people who stand on their feet for prolonged periods, are also at increased risk for developing bunions. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested you see a podiatrist who can provide alternative treatment options to help you live more comfortably.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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