A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe which appears to stick out. A bunion involves enlargement and repositioning of joints at the ball of the foot and most commonly affect women. Tight-fitting shoes, especially high-heel and narrow-toed shoes, might increase the risk for bunion formation. It also has been suggested that inherited factors may predispose to the development of bunions.
The prevention consists in avoiding the compression of the toes with narrow, poor-fitting shoes.
Part of the treatment includes the use of felt or foam padding on the foot to help protect the bunion from irritation. Depending on the structure of the foot, custom insoles might add further support and repositioning.
Dr. Scholl’s® offers products that address this condition.