What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony lump on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe.
The most common cause of bunions is footwear that does not have enough width to fit the toes in their natural position. They are occasionally associated with arthritis of the joint at the base of the big toe.
Are there any alternatives to bunion surgery?
Putting padding over the bunion or a spacer between your big toe and second toe can help.
Using wide-fitting shoes from a good-quality shoe shop may be enough. If not, the orthotics department at the hospital will be able to give you advice about special shoes.