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These pages offer advice only. They are not a substitute for a proper consultation.


What is a bunion?

A bunion (hallux valgus) is a sometimes painful structural deformity of the bones and the joint between the foot and the big toe. It is an enlargement of bone or tissue and the big toe may turn in toward the second toe. the tissues around the joint may be swollen and tender. The bump is the swollen bursal sac and/or an osseous deformity that has grown on the joint.


What else can cause swelling around the great toe?

  • Osteophytes
  • Bursae/Ganglion
  • Gout
    • Acute
    • Chronic- Tophic
  • Infection, Discharge

If recent onset, red, inflamed, and not relieved by removing footwear THEN SEEK HELP.

How can I manage a bunion without surgery?

When should I consider surgery for a bunion?

How succesful is surgery?

What are the risks?

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