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When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if:

  • You have severe pain in your big toe that interferes with walking or daily activities.
  • Your big toe begins to overlap your second toe (displacement camera.gif).
  • You have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease and the skin over a bunion is irritated, red, or broken. Diabetes and peripheral arterial disease can reduce blood circulation and sensation in your feet. Infection can develop more quickly and may lead to other serious problems.
  • Pain in your big toe does not get better after 2 to 3 weeks of home treatment.

Watchful waiting

Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting may be appropriate if bunion pain is not severe. In this case, try home treatment, such as using ice to relieve pain or wearing comfortable footwear. If there is no improvement after 2 to 3 weeks of home treatment, call your doctor.

Who to see

Symptoms of a bunion can be evaluated and treated by:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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