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What is a bunion?

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A bunion is a bump or bulge on the first joint of the big toe. It's caused by the swelling of a sac of fluid under the skin and abnormalities in the joint; women are usually affected because of tight-fitting or pointed shoes or high heels that put pressure on the toes and force the joint outward. People with flat feet or low arches are also prone to bunions. Padded shoes that fit well can prevent bunions from forming. Bunions may lead to other problems, such as serious infection from the big toe putting pressure on other toes.

From: Glossary of Diabetes Terms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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