A bunion is when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump on the inside edge of your toe. This can be painful, but the following treatments help alleviate the pain. If you have diabetes please consult your doctor before treating your bunion.

 

Causes

 

Bunions occur more commonly in women and can sometimes run in families. People born with abnormal bones in their feet are more likely to form a bunion. Wearing narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes may lead to the development of a bunion. The condition may become painful as extra bone and a fluid-filled sac grow at the base of the big toe.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Red, calloused skin along the inside edge of the big toe
  • A bony bump at this site
  • Pain over the joint, aggravated by pressure from shoes
  • Big toe turned toward the other toes

 

Treatment

 

When a bunion first begins to develop, take good care of your feet and wear wide-toed shoes. This can often solve the problem and prevent the need for any further treatment. It may help to wear felt or foam pads on the foot to protect the bunion, or devices called spacers to separate the first and second toes at night.

 

When to get more help

 

You should speak to one of our pharmacists or your doctor if the following occurs:

 

  • Continues to cause pain even after self care, such as wearing wide-toed shoes
  • Prevents you from doing your usual activities
  • Has any signs of infection (like redness or swelling), especially if you have diabetes