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August 02, 2019
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All About Bunions


One may have heard about bunions but wondered what they actually are. The best way to describe it is for one to imagine a bump growing on the big-toe side of the foot at the base of the toe. It can push the big toe toward the small, or pinkie, toe.


The question is - how exactly does one get a bunion and what can one do about it? It’s a very common occurrence, too. Roughly three million people a year get one.

Here are some things people should know about bunions.


The thing with bunions is that they are not instant. They may grow over the years before becoming truly noticeable. Calluses may also form over the bunion and people notice that their feet are changing shape with their big toe not pointing straight anymore.

Bunions may not be initially painful and may seem more like an annoyance. Chances are, if left untreated, they can worsen over time. Other complications may include bursitis, hammertoe and Metatarsalgia, which is pain in the ball of one’s foot.

Like a lot of other foot conditions, one way of preventing bunions is to assess how one treats their feet in their younger days. Do they wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes or do they cram them into whatever passes for fashion at the time?

There are other factors too, including genetics and whether one has arthritis.


The first step is for one to see a foot doctor if the pain keeps getting worse, the bump appears on the big toe, there’s difficulty in moving one’s foot or even walking properly.

A foot doctor will examine the situation and determine a course of treatment. An X-ray will be taken. Non-surgical options will range from changing shows to splinting the foot to taking painkillers to icing the foot.

Surgery is often the last option, since there is a small chance that it might affect the stability of the big toe and have it permanently pointing toward the pinkie toe.


Narrow shoes will be out of the question, since they can cause a reoccurrence. The patient will need to take good care of their feet and a full recovery, especially if surgery was needed, can take weeks, if not months.

Dr. John J Hickey has worked with people’s feet for many years at Levittown Podiatry. He knows what causes bunions and how to treat them.  Give him a call to learn what he can do for you: 516-735-4545.