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Recognizing the Symptoms of a Bunion

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, causing the toe to deviate towards the other toes. Symptoms of a bunion include a visible protrusion on the side of the foot, often accompanied by swelling, redness, and inflammation surrounding the affected area. Pain and tenderness are common, especially when wearing tight or narrow shoes. Over time, the big toe may turn inwards, overlapping the second toe, which can lead to further discomfort and difficulty walking. The skin over the bunion can become thickened and callused due to constant friction and pressure. In some cases, persistent pain and restricted movement in the big toe joint can occur. Early recognition and management of bunion symptoms can prevent progression and can help to alleviate discomfort. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you seek advice from a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment solutions. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Kentston Cripe, DPM of Roseville Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Roseville, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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