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Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities, particularly among women. By some accounts, up to 50% of females may develop at least one during their lives.
Men can also get them – but they appear to be lucky and are less likely to develop symptoms than their female counterparts.
Because adults can’t have all the fun, we also see bunions in some children.
No matter which demographic applies to you (or your loved one), here’s a simple truth:
This condition causes pain, difficulty, and will not go away on its own. In fact, a bunion will continue to become more severe if left unaddressed.
Don’t let that happen to you! Instead, come see Dr. Leibovitz at our Indianapolis office for professional bunion treatment.
(Why do you have a bunion in the first place? Nope, it’s not your shoes!)
How to recognize a bunion
There are various stages in a bunion’s progression, but two clear indications are:
- A bump protruding from your big toe joint (where it connects to the foot)
- The big toe angles toward the second toe (instead of pointing straight ahead)
As the condition progresses, these symptoms will become more prominent.
Other issues you may experience include pain from shoe pressure, discomfort with joint movement, redness, swelling, and calluses on the bump and/or toe joint.
If the bump is directly on top of the joint – instead of on the side – it may be a related condition known as Hallux Limitus (Stiff Big Toe Joint).
If the bump is at the base of your smallest toe, that is known as a tailor’s bunion or bunionette.