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.

Bunions form slowly over time, usually over years. They may be more annoying but painful, but they can start to hurt and lead to several complications over time.

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, gout, or a bone spur in your foot. It's time to call the doctor.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on April 02, 2019


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