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Conditions

Bunion

A bunion on the side of a foot

Even the perfectly polished Posh Spice has suffered with a bunion. In fact, the ‘size zero’ fashionista had two of them – one on each foot – that were almost as enormous as her legendary shades! Affecting women more frequently than men, bunions are a common foot problem that can cause the big toe to be angled inwards, towards the second toe. Some of these bony outcrops can be painless, but there may be some discomfort if the skin and tissue on the bunion’s bump becomes inflamed, swollen and painful, making walking difficult. Shoes can also feel uncomfortable, especially if they’re high-heeled, tight or pointed (and are often the cause of bunions). The other toes can be affected too as they get pushed tightly together, occasionally resulting in ingrown toenails and infection. Other than corrective surgery, bunions can’t be cured. However, there are a number of treatments available…and you can always wear comfortable shoes, rather than something crippling and expensive!

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on bunions >

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on bunions and webbed toes >

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My doctor will not refer me regarding my bunion as he says nothing can be done its become very painful and is embarrassing can some1 please give suggestions.





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I have had a bunion since I was about 10years old I'm now 31 and its becoming really painful and embarrassing! I have been to my doctor 3 times regarding this and he says there no point referring me as an operation will not help.please can some1 help?





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I see a number of posts on site enquiring re/ surgeon featured who corrected bunions and patient walked out of hospital the same day! I am tremendous pain with a bunion on my left foot - so much so now that I am finding it impossible to walk even short distances as the pain is very severe. I too would be very grateful if you could let me know the name of the Surgeon/Hospital where this particular surgery was performed. I am living in ROI, but I am so desperate, I would be willing to travel to the UK to have this sorted (finances allowing of course). Thank you for your help.





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Hi I had bunion and hammertoe surgery. Twice I was up on me foot 2 days after and was told to rest it but my advice is get straight up and u heal quicker with my first operation I was so scared to get up but my family helped me a lot got back in my shoes in 4 months but if can't get back in normal shoes just be patient if u need any further help or advice I be happy to offer my experience with u





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I am 18 years old and have a very large bunion on my right foot. It is very painful if I am standing or walking for any period of time, which happens to be a lot due to my job (waitress) I've had the bunion for years now but it only has started becoming painful this past year. I don't wear heels and never really have so I'm not sure of the cause. I haven't gone to the doctor about it yet, I've been trying to just wear a bunion brace on my foot whenever I can but its not doing anything and doesn't relieve any pain, should I go to the Dr?





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It is probably hereditary. Someone on your family must have had bunions.

Hi, I have been confined to a bed for 3 years and wear shoes only when I use a wheelchair for 2to3 hours a week. I am developing a growth similar to a bunion on one foot. It is not painful. What is it?





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I had bunion surgery 8 was ago and the cast came off after 6 was the doctor told me to continue wearing the non weight bearing shoe for another 6 was. I went back yesterday with a screw coming out only to come out with another cast on for 4 was as he said the bones weren't healing. I feel I've been told nothing and I'm worried sick it's not goin to heal. I'm a non smoker and all he kept saying was do you smoke! Help!!!! Dorothy.





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I'm 18 and a waitress, I have a mild bunion on my right foot. I didn't feel pain unless I poked it, but went to the doctors anyway and she told me not to worry, just wear comfortable shoes and that I should not have to get the surgery. But recently it has become painful and hard to walk on, this is very inconvenient with my job. I don't wear heels, never have really and I don't know if it's in the family because my Mam is adopted and I have a step father. I don't want the surgery because I'm not technically a full time employee and won't get any kind of pay when I take time off. Any advice on what I should do?





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Hi I have a bunion on my right foot it is very painful I cannot put my foot on the floor and I am walking with a limp, it is causing major problems with my knees and my left hip, I also suffer with fibromyalgia and raynards disease, I am very depressed the rheumatologist told me I had a bunion coming on my foot what do I do next? Thanks





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Is it possible to have a operation to get rid of bunion if they are red. Swollen and causing pain? Thanks





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A bunion is a swollen, red, bony bump on the side of your foot, at the base of your big toe. Bunions are often painful, but sometimes they do not cause any pain at all. Read More »

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