Do I have a bunion?

Dollarphotoclub_64899662A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone at the big toe joint moves out of place. This causes the toe to be forced to bend toward your other toes which cause an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Bunions may or may not be painful. Your big toe joint may become stiff and sore, making wearing shoes difficult or even impossible.

Have you looked at your parents or grandparents feet and noticed that they also have bunions?  That is because bunions often tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down and not the bunion.

Symptoms of a bunion include:

  • A firm bump on the outside of your foot, at the base of the big toe
  • Redness, swelling, or pain at the base of your big toe
  • Callouses/Corns or other irritations caused from rubbing on a shoe or due to your big toe overlapping the second toe
  • Restricted movement of your big toe that can be painful


You may want to try stretching your shoes or custom functional foot orthotics as conservative treatment options. Orthotics will help slow the progression of the joint but will not reserve the bunion.


Call Dr. Hollander, D.P.M., 707-578-1222, today for an appointment for further information and to discuss treatment options for bunions.


Jessica, PMA