Bunions are bony lumps that develop on the side of your foot and at the base of your big toe. They’re the result of a condition called hallux valgus, which causes your big toe joint to bend towards the other toes and become deformed.
If symptoms persist over a long period, your toe may need to be surgically corrected. This involves straightening the big toe and metatarsals, a process called an osteotomy. Although this may make your joint stiffer, it will ease the pain.
Most surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, and takes up to an hour. Your foot will be bandaged and you’ll need to wear a surgical shoe for a few (four to six) weeks afterwards.
If your bunion has been caused by rheumatoid arthritis, you may also develop rheumatoid nodules. These are firm, pea-sized lumps that occur at pressure points such as your big toe joints, the back of your heels or your toes. They can be surgically removed.