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Understanding Bunions -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of a Bunion?

To determine if you may have a bunion, look for an angular, bony bump on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. Sometimes hardened skin or a callus covers the bump.

There's often swelling, redness, unusual tenderness, and/or pain at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot. Eventually, the area becomes shiny and warm to the touch.

When to Call a Doctor About a Bunion

If you have persistent pain when walking normally in otherwise comfortable, flat-soled shoes, you may be developing a bunion, bursitis, or a bone spur in your foot. It's time to call the doctor.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 01, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine.

National Health Services (NHS) Direct.

PubMed Health: "Bunions."

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