Bunions are commonly explained as a localized area of enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. The enlargement actually represents additional bone formation, often in combination with a misalignment of the big toe. The normal position of the big toe (straight forward) becomes outward-directed toward the smaller toes. The enlarged joint at the base of the big toe can become inflamed with redness, tenderness, and pain. A less common bunion is located at the joint at the base of the smallest (fifth) toe. This bunion is sometimes referred to as a tailor’s bunion.

How to Recognize it:
Some studies report that bunions occur nearly 10 times more frequently in women than men. It has been suggested that tight-fitting shoes, especially high-heel and narrow-toed shoes might increase the risk for bunion formation. Bunions are reported to be more prevalent in people who wear shoes than inbarefoot people. There also seem to be inherited (genetic) factors that predispose one to the development of bunions, especially when they occur in younger individuals.

Recommended Products:
Good Feet’s Exercisers series or maintainer series ofarch supports may help relieve pain and discomfort commonly associated with bunions and neuromas. Visit a Good Feet Store to be personally fit for the supports that work best for you.