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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.

    Understanding Bunions

    Find out more about bunions:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    Prevention

    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

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