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.