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What is a bunion and how can I treat it?


A bunion is a bony growth or area of inflammation or swelling near the base of the big toe that causes the big toe to point inward and crowd the other toes. Although bunions can be the result of a congenital (dating from birth) disorder, they often develop from wearing shoes that are too tight. Bunions can be very painful.

To help relieve this pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers and wear comfortable shoes. Speak to your doctor or podiatrist if you have extremely painful or disfiguring bunions, as these may require surgery.

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