Bunions are bony lumps which form on the side of the big toe they are also known as hallux valgus. Bunions may be commonly associated with constrictive footwear. However, bunions may develop following trauma or underlying conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Problems associated with bunions include difficulty finding comfortable footwear, associated hard skin or corns and pain in the affected joint.
There are a number of conservative treatments from insoles to specialist footwear as well as regular podiatry. In some instances a surgical opinion may be necessary.