A bunion can cause the big toe to point towards the other toes on the foot often leading to an overlap of the big toe and the second toe. A bursa, which will appear red and swollen, can sometimes form on the joint.
Genetics play as large part of the development of a bunion. If you have a family member that suffers from bunions your risk of developing them will increase. However, this doesn't mean you'll necessarily develop them.
Existing bunions can be made worse but wearing shoes that are too tight or don’t fit well.
Arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis can increase the likelihood of you developing a bunion.
If left untreated the symptoms can worsen over time. In severe cases, the bunion can continue to develop until surgery is the only treatment option. It is recommended to seek treatment in the early stages to prevent the symptoms from worsening.
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