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- Structural deformities in the foot, which may be related to genetics
- Family history of foot disorders
- Certain conditions, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or Marfan syndrome
- Flat feet, which transfers too much weight to the MTP joint
- Activities that put undue stress on the foot, such as ballet
- High-heel shoes
- Poorly fitting, narrow shows
- Tip of the big toe that turns in toward the other toes and may overlap the second or third toe
- Firm bump on the outside edge of the foot or at the base of the big toe
- Restricted or painful motion of the big toe
- Foot pain and stiffness
- Fluid-filled cyst between the skin and the bony lump
Padding and Taping
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen
- Topical pain relievers—creams or patches that are applied to the skin
- Prescription pain relievers
- Cortisone injections
- Removal of the bony lump
- A more involved procedure to cut the bone and realign the joint
- Wear wide toed shoes and comfortable footwear that do not pinch the toes.
- Prevent a minor bunion from worsening with bunion pads and proper shoes.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org
Ontario Podiatric Medical Association http://www.opma.ca
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Bunion surgery. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00140. Updated September 2012. Accessed February 10, 2014.
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Foot care. National Institute on Aging website. Available at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/foot-care. Updated October 17, 2013. Accessed February 10, 2014.
Hallux valgus and bunion. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 31, 2014. Accessed February 10, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/21/2014 -
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