Do you suffer from foot pain in the form of a bony bump?
A bunion is a painful, bony bump that forms on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint.
The big toe has these bones:
- Phalanx bones
- The metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP) is where the phalanx bones and metatarsal meet. Bunions form at the MTP joint.
When the metatarsal bone shifts toward the inside of the foot and the phalanx bones angle toward the second toe, this causes the MTP to grow, which then gets pushed out of alignment, leaving you with a protrusion from the inside of the forefoot; a bunion.
Keep reading to learn about the problems bunions can cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.