What is a Bunion?

Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. With a bunion, the big toe lean towards the second toe, rather that pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment producing the bunions “bump.”

What causes a Bunion?

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. Although wearing shoes that crowd the toes will not actually cause bunions in the first place, it sometimes makes the deformity get progressively worse. 


Symptoms which may occur at the site of the bunion include
  • Pain or soreness
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Perhaps some numbness
Other conditions which may appear with bunions include calluses on the big toe, sore between the toes, ingrown toenail, and restricted motion of the toe.


To fully evaluate your condition, we will take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformity and assess the changes that have occurred. Because bunions are progressive, they do not go away and will usually get worse over time. But not all cases are the same. Some bunions progressive more rapidly than others. Here at Instride Queen City foot and ankle we will develop a treatment that suits your needs.


  • Change in shoe wear. Choose shoes that have a wide toe box and forgo those with pointed toes or high heels.
  • Padding. Pads placed around the bunion can help keep pressure off of the bunion.
  • Medications. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can help relieve the pain.
  • Icing. Applying an ice pack several times a day helps reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Injection therapy. An injection of cortisone can be useful in treating the inflamed bursa sometimes seen with bunions.
  • Orthotic devices.  Custom orthotics can be made to keep the foot aligned. 
  • Surgery. When the bunion pain is interfering with daily activities, it is time to seek surgical options. A variety of surgical procedures are performed to treat bunions.

If you are suffering from Bunions, please call us at 704-504-1004 or Click Here to request an appointment.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273