Dr. Elton's Big Guide to Bunions

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

Ah, bunions. Imagine if you will, a freeloading guest. You don't expect their arrival. They soon wear out their welcome. After a while, you start wondering how they are still there.

Wait, did you even invite them? Did you do something to cause them to stay indefinitely? Is there any way to make their stay more bearable? Can't I make this person disappear?

Now imagine the guest is stuck to your foot! 

That what it's like to have bunions. And much like the annoying guest, you don't want to ignore bunions. Their stay tends to get worse and lead to greater problems down the road. 

Had enough of my analogy? Understood. Let's hone it in and take some time to talk about bunions.


A bunion is a "bony bump at the base of the big toe". Bunions can be painful and downright bothersome. They can hamper your ability to enjoy your favorite activities, in a big way.

If you have pain from bunions, you definitely are not alone. Almost 3 million people per year suffer from bunions. Although that's little consolation, it is good to know that we treat this condition on a regular basis.   


Bunions form as the big toe presses against its neighbor toe.

Factors that may cause bunions:

  • Shoes that are too tight or that do not fit well