Common Conditions and Diagnosis


A bunion (BUN-yun) is a bony growth of the first joint of the great toe. The first joint is located at the base of the great toe. A bunion juts out from the joint and pushes the bones of the great toe out of line. The great toe becomes pushed toward the other toes. Bunions deform the feet and usually cause discomfort or pain. Wearing shoes may be quite uncomfortable.

What causes a bunion?
You can get bunions from:

An inherited tendency
Shoes with high heels or pointed toes
Shoes that don’t fit properly
Shoes that are too tight