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How Do You Know if You Have Bunions?

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

So, you’ve probably heard the word “bunion” but maybe thought it was a fancy vegetable used in the kitchen? Well, if you’re reading this you might know now it’s not a form of an onion, but actually, a bump people get on their toes. Now you’re extra curious to find discover whether or not the bump on your big toe is actually a bunion! Well, read on to get the answers to your burning question.

What is a Bunion?

To put it simply, a bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions typically occur when some of the bones in the front part of your foot move out of place. The bunion then causes the tip of your big toe to get pulled toward the smaller toes and forces the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out.


The signs or symptoms of a bunion might include:

  • red and inflamed skin on the side of your big toe

  • your big toe turning toward your other toes

  • thick skin on the underside of your big toe

  • calluses on your second toe

  • foot pain that may be persistent or come and go

  • difficulty moving your big toe


There are many theories on how bunions form, but the exact cause is unknown. Some factors that lead to bunions are:

  • Foot type

  • Foot injuries or stress

  • Deformities at birth

It’s also said that the types of shoes you wear can contribute to bunions or if you are genetically prone to getting them.

Should I See a Doctor?

By now you might be wondering if you need to even see a Podiatrist to address your potential bunion. To preface, bunions require no medical treatment, but it is recommended to see a Podiatrist if you have:

  • Ongoing big toe or foot pain

  • A visible bump on your big toe joint

  • Decreased movement of your big toe or foot

  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly because of a bunion

At Total Foot Care, we are ready to help diagnose your bunion and go over how to manage it and possible treatments. Give us a call or book your appointment online for the next steps!

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