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Symptoms of Bunion

Learn about bunion symptoms: pain, swelling, stiffness. Early recognition crucial for managing foot health effectively.

  • 21 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint, specifically the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) at the base of your big toe. In medical terms, it is called Hallux valgus, which occurs when some of the bones in the front part of your foot move out of place and get pulled toward the smaller toes. The skin around the bunion becomes red and sore. It is important to visit a healthcare provider if you notice a bump on your big toe, especially if you’re experiencing pain, stiffness or numbness in your toes or feet. In this article, we’ll explore some of the main symptoms of bunions.


What are the Symptoms of Bunion?

The signs and symptoms of a bunion associated with metatarsophalangeal (MTP) include:

  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of the big toe
  • Swelling, redness, or soreness around the area of the big toe joint
  • Formation of corns or calluses that often develop where the first and second toes rub against each other.
  • Irregular pain and stiffness in the toes.
  • Swelling near the big toe joint.
  • Discoloration or redness.
  • Difficulty in wearing certain types of shoe
  • Hammertoes that are painful, tight toe tendons and joints.
  • Numbness or less mobility in or around your big toe.
  • Limited movement of legs with bunions
  • The problem is wearing high heels as it causes pressure on the front foot 
  • It changes your foot mechanics
  • It causes inflammation and other health conditions
  • A person finds difficulty in standing for long.

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Taking the necessary action to prevent or properly treat a bunion is essential in order to maintain your health and stay active. Bunions are typically manageable if caught early, but can lead to further complications if left untreated. If you think that you may have a bunion, seek medical advice from your doctor as soon as possible. Take care of yourself today so that tomorrow is even more enjoyable. Remember, prioritizing your foot health is integral to your overall well-being, and having comprehensive health insurance coverage can provide you with peace of mind in managing conditions like bunions.

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