What Is A Bunion?

Bunions are bumps at the base of the big toe and are often associated with drifting of the big toe toward the second toe. A medical term for the bunion condition is hallux valgus. A bump at the base of the little toe is called Tailor's bunion, and is treated similarly to a classic bunion.

How Do I Know If I Have A Bunion?

The primary symptom for bunions is pain. A bunion will often hurt in a tight shoe due to pressure, but can be painful even in well-fitting shoes. Primarily, the pain is at the big toe joint itself, but the pain can spread under the ball of the foot, at other toes, or into the arch area of the foot. Painful skin irritations such as corns, calluses, or even open sores may occur as the result of serious bunions when left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

There are a number of causes of bunions, as well as misconceptions about what causes bunions. While shoes can certainly aggravate a bunion, they are not usually the cause of the deformity. The most common causes of bunion formations are hereditary foot structures and arthritis. Other underlying medical conditions may also cause or exacerbate bunions.

What Can I Do About My Bunions?

If your bunion is causing you to eXperience foot pain, make an appointment to see your podiatrist. The doctors and staff at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will take a complete history and perform a full foot exam. There are a number of conservative treatment options that your podiatrist will try before considering surgery, which is sometimes necessary. Conservative options could include alteration of footwear, pads or cushions in the feet, or custom-made foot orthotics to provide support.

What About Tailor's Bunions?

Tailor's bunions, or little toe bunions, are very similar to classic bunions. These form a bump at the base of the little toe, rather than the big toe. Causes, symptoms and treatment options for Tailor's bunions are very similar to those of classic bunions. Talk to your doctor to find out more about Tailor's bunions.


If you are ready to be rid of the pain and discomfort from bunions, call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center today and schedule your appointment with one of our foot doctors. Our podiatrists have treated countless bunions before and use the best treatment options for you and your feet.


To schedule an appointment for bunion or Tailor's bunion treatment, please call our office at (919) 850-9111. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest, NC as well as Wake County, Johnston County and surrounding areas in and around the Raleigh-Durham Area and the rest of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.

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Dr. Kirk E. WoelfferDPM, FACFAS

Dr. Woelffer hails from Mound, Minnesota. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, he went on to obtain his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. He then completed his surgical training at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, under the guidance of Dr. Allen M. Jacobs...

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Dr. Boehm was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. As part of a military family, he spent time all over the country and four years in Japan during his childhood years. Dr. Boehm went to high school and college in Georgia. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Podiatric Medicine and stayed to complete...

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Dr. Meyers was born in Tucson, Arizona, but spent most of his life in North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University with degrees in both Athletic Training and Chemistry, he went on to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Meyers completed his surgical training...

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Dr. Alyssa L. Carroll DPM, AACFAS

Dr. Alyssa Carroll felt a calling to podiatry when she was a competitive swimmer and suffered from sprained ankles and sore feet. A proud member of the Wolfpack, Dr. Carroll attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in Human Biology. She then attended medical school at the Temple...

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Dr. Devin Grant 

Dr. Devin Grant was born and raised in Georgia. After graduating with honors from Valdosta State University with degree in Exercise Physiology and minor in Chemistry, he then earned his medical degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Grant then completed his advanced foot and ankle...

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