bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or
tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Proper footwear can help reduce the risk of bunions.
roomy shoes that have wide and deep toe boxes (the
area that surrounds the toes), low or flat heels, and good arch supports. Avoid
tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes that put pressure on the big toe joint. For
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Preventing too much rolling inward of the foot (excessive pronation) during walking or running may help prevent bunions. Excessive
foot pronation has been linked to bunion formation. You may be able to prevent
excessive pronation by wearing supportive shoes or using arch supports. If you
still have excessive pronation, your doctor may suggest that you have custom
orthotic shoe inserts made for you.