A bunion is a bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe.
The bony growth on the joint sometimes causes your big toe to turn in towards your second toe.
Symptoms include pain, swelling of your big toe and, as the bunion sticks out, it can often rub on the inside of your shoe.
The cause is not always known - there may be a deformity of the joint, called hallux valgus (hallux means big toe, valgus means bent outwards).
Treatment can help ease the pain. You can wear good supporting footwear - narrow, pointed shoes are best avoided. Painkillers can help, as can comfortable insoles and padding over the bunion. However, surgery is most effective if symptoms are not easing.
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