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Causes and Treatment of Bunions

Bunions, characterized by bony protrusions at the base of the big toe, result from various factors like genetics, wearing tight shoes, and poor foot mechanics. They can cause discomfort and pain. Treatment for bunions typically involves wearing roomy, supportive footwear, or using orthotic inserts to improve foot alignment. Additionally, it may be beneficial to apply padding and taping for pain relief and engage in helpful exercises. For severe bunions, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the deformity. If you are suffering from a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for suitable treatment based on the severity of your condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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