What You Should Know about Bunions

A bunion is a bump on the base of the big toe. Bunions come in all sizes, and sometimes small bunions can be more painful than large ones.
A fluid filled sac called a “bursa” in the joint of your big toe acts as a cushion to protect against pressure or friction. But sometimes the bursa can swell and become painful, creating a condition called bursitis. A bunion combined with bursitis can be quite painful.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions are usually hereditary.Abnormal or weak bone structure increases the tendency for bunions to develop. Pressure on the big toe affects your toe joint, which becomes larger and sticks out as your toe turns inward.
Other causes of bunions are arthritis and changes due to aging.
Women are more prone to developing bunions than men. High heel shoes with pointed toes can pressure feet into unnatural shapes, which can be particularly aggravating for a weak foot structure. However, you can’t blame bunions entirely on tight, poor fitting shoes because research shows that even tribal people who go barefoot develop bunions.

Bunion Symptoms

Some symptoms associated with bunions include:

  • Pain on the side of the big toe with bone enlargement
  • A swollen, red big toe, bursitis
  • Inability to comfortably wear closed toe shoes



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Dr. Sciortino has performed thousands of successful, pain relieving bunion correction surgeries.

If your symptoms are getting worse, pain is persisting or you have trouble finding comfortable shoes, please call (903) 893-9661 for an appointment to see Dr. Sciortino.

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