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Mild bunion problem

Hi, I have a mild bunion, it only hurts if i tap at it. Do of the majority of bunions get worse or do some stay the same? Should i see a gp?

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The answer

Thank you for your question.

Bunions can be troublesome. By definition they are a bony deformity of the joint at the bone of the big toe. They are more common in women than men, (usually due to the style of footwear), and can run in families.

Symptoms can include;

  • Bony, sometimes swollen bump n the outer edge of the foot.
  • Pain may be present or worsened by pressure from footwear
  • The skin may become hardened, callused and/or red in colour
  • The skin over the Bunion may become sore.

An assessment and examination by your GP may be suggested, as symptoms can get worse if left untreated. You may be referred for an X-ray to determine the severity of the Bunion.

Symptom relief can include;

  • Oral pain relief.
  • Bunion pads & insoles (available from your Pharmacy).
  • Well fitting shoes, (ensuring the correct size & that you can move your toes freely).

Severe cases may require surgical intervention by a Specialist (which your G.P may refer you to) but the Bunions can sometimes return. If left untreated they can cause Arthritis in the big toe. We hope you have found this information of use, and we have included some links below, if you wish to read further on this subject.

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