A bunion is a painful swelling of the soft tissue, and bone enlargement over the inside of the ball of the big toe. Often the big toe will look as if it is bent in towards the other toes or even can lie across them.
A bunion usually results in irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Corns, calluses and blisters are also very likely to form over time to create addition pain.
It is also very common for a bunion to eventually lead to the formation of a hammertoe to the second and eventually the third toe as well.
As the bunion and the other toes further deform, this can lead to difficulties finding properly fitted footwear and may force a person to buy a larger size shoe to accommodate the width the bunion creates. If the bunion deformity becomes severe enough, the foot can hurt in different places even without the constriction of shoes.
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