A bunion is a protrusion of the bone of the great toe joint. It usually grows toward the mid-line of the body, pushing the big toe toward the smaller toes. Sometimes the extra bone growth is on top of the knuckle.
This enlarged bone can limit normal foot function and make wearing everyday shoes uncomfortable or even unbearable. Without treatment, bunions often continue to grow and become more painful.
Bunions develop over a period of years. They are initially caused by inherited bone structure, and may be further irritated by shoes. People of any age can develop bunions. Reshaping the great toe knuckle at the earliest signs of bunion formation can minimize inevitable discomfort and add to the quality of life of the patient.
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