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Identifying Signs of a Bunion

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Bunions, a prevalent foot condition, present distinctive signs that warrant attention for timely intervention. Characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, bunions often cause pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. As the condition progresses, the big toe may gradually deviate toward the other toes, causing discomfort and difficulty finding comfortable footwear. Additionally, individuals with bunions may experience corns or calluses due to friction and pressure against the shoe. Bunions can impair mobility and lead to chronic foot problems if left untreated. Factors such as genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot deformities contribute to the development of bunions. Moreover, conditions like arthritis may exacerbate bunion symptoms. Understanding the signs of a bunion is essential for maintaining foot health and enhancing overall quality of life. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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