Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Cause: Hereditary, trauma
Appearance: Painful bump on the outside of the forefoot, trouble with fitting shoes, pain with tight shoe gear
How to Diagnose: X-ray
Treatment: Padding, wider shoes, shoe stretching (with tennis balls), reconstructive surgery.
Long-term prognosis: If irritation from shoes is the only complaint, padding and shoe widening is usually sufficient. If the bunion is causing pain with everyday activities and interfering with daily life, surgery may be indicated. Surgery usually takes 4-8 weeks minimum to get back to sporting activities Depending on the surgery that is selected, in certain people a simple bump removal is curative, if more the bump is larger or more advanced, reconstruction is needed.
Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon.