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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.

You can ease bunion pain by wearing comfortable shoes, using bunion pads, taking painkillers and holding an ice pack against the bunion for 5 minutes.

Treatments for bunions include insoles, toe spacers, toe supports (splints) or sometimes surgery to remove the bunion and straighten the toes.

You can help prevent bunions by wearing shoes that are the correct size with room for your toes, and avoiding shoes with high heels or pointy toes.

Bunions are bony lumps that form on the side of the feet. They’re not usually serious, but they can cause pain when walking or wearing shoes.

Page last reviewed: 12/06/2023
Next review due: 12/06/2026