What is a Bunion?

The typical bunion is additional bone that forms in combination with a misalignment of the big toe. The misalignment forces the big toe to shift (Hallux Valgus). The enlarged joint can become very painful, red, and swollen. Additionally, a small bursa (fluid filled sac) can form causing more pain and discomfort.

There is another type of bunion which forms on the outside of the foot at the fifth toe. This is called a Tailor's Bunion. It also is a misalignment of the joint and will lead to pain and redness making it difficult to walk and wear shoes comfortably.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.