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Bunions

Bunions are bony lumps that form on the side of the feet.

The main symptoms of bunions are hard lumps on the side of your feet near your toes. Your big toe might also point towards your other toes.

Surgery is the only way to get rid of bunions, but things like wearing comfortable shoes and using insoles or toe supports can help ease any pain.

It's not clear if you can prevent bunions. Things like wearing the correct shoe size and avoiding shoes with pointy toes may help.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of bunions are hard lumps on the side of your feet near your toes. Your big toe might also point towards your other toes.

Check if you have bunions

Symptoms of bunions include:

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Hard lumps on the sides of your feet, by your big toes

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Your big toe pointing towards your other toes

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Hard or swollen skin. The bunion may look red or darker than the surrounding skin

You may also have pain along the side or bottom of your feet. This is usually worse when wearing shoes and walking.

Read more on the NHS website.

Surgery is the only way to get rid of bunions, but things like wearing comfortable shoes and using insoles or toe supports can help ease any pain.

Self-care

You cannot get rid of bunions or stop them getting worse yourself, but there are things you can do to relieve any pain:


Do

  • wear wide shoes with a low heel and soft sole

  • hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the bunion for up to 5 minutes at a time

  • try bunion pads (soft pads you put in shoes to stop them rubbing on a bunion) – you can buy these from pharmacies

  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen

  • try to lose weight if you're overweight


Don't

  • do not wear high heels or tight, pointy shoes

Medical treatments

A GP or podiatrist can advise you about:

  • things you can do to ease your symptoms
  • things you can buy or have specially made to reduce bunion pain, such as insoles (orthotics), toe spacers and toe supports (splints)

A GP may refer you to a surgeon if your bunions are very painful or having a big effect on your life.

Surgery is not done just to improve how your feet look.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not clear if you can prevent bunions. Things like wearing the correct shoe size and avoiding shoes with pointy toes may help.

Read more on the NHS website.