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Where Do Bunions Develop?

A bunion can develop due to genetic reasons or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely. Additionally, there may be medical reasons why bunions develop, including arthritis, or a weakness of the joint. A bunion is defined as a bony protrusion that forms on the bottom of the joint in the big toe, and it can be quite uncomfortable while wearing shoes. The symptoms that many patients experience can include stiffness in the big toe, and the toe may be swollen. With larger bunions, a corn or callus may develop on top of it as a result of the toe rubbing against the shoe. Relief may be found by wearing shoes that are flat, and fit correctly. Some patients find that it helps to cover the bunion with a pad, and this may help to reduce the friction. A bunion is considered to be a deformity, and if you have this condition, it is advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who might perform surgery for permanent removal. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. 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 offices located in Mercerville, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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