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A bunion is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe.
Symptoms of bunions
The main sign of a bunion is the big toe pointing towards the other toes on the same foot.
Causes of bunions
A bunion is the result of a deformity in the joint of your big toe. It is not clear exactly why this happens.
Diagnosing bunions
You should see a GP as soon as possible if you develop a bunion, as they usually get worse over time.
Treating bunions
Bunions may only need to be treated if the deformity is severe and you experience significant pain and discomfort.
Complications of bunions
Bunion surgery can sometimes cause further problems, as can leaving bunions untreated.
Preventing bunions
You can significantly reduce your risk of developing symptomatic bunions by wearing shoes that fit properly.
'I realised I had to do something about my feet'
Jo Burland, a teacher from north London had an osteotomy to treat her bunions when she was 34.