Dr. E. Charisse Dunn D.P.M.
5610 PGA Blvd., Suite 212
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418



A bunion is a bony prominence on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe joint. Bunions form when the toe moves out of place. The "bump" often causes discomfort and pain from the rubbing and friction against the shoes. The skin over the bump can become red and tender. The bony prominence can also be aggravated by sports and tight shoes. The size of the bunion does not necessarily correlate with the amount of pain. Small bumps can hurt as much as big bumps. Because the big toe joint moves with every step, it can hurt to walk as the bone gets bigger. Over time arthritis may set in, leading to chronic pain. It is estimated that bunions occur in over one third of the population. Common causes of bunions include: flat feet with increased flexibility, heredity, arthritis, trauma, and neuromuscular problems.

Treatment of Bunions:

Because they are bony deformities, bunions do not resolve on their own. Conservative care may consist of shoe gear modification, anti-inflammatory medications, and orthotics (custom inserts) for the shoes. Should conservative care fail, bunion surgery may be required to improve function, reduce pain, and improve the alignment of the big toe joint.