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Signs and Symptoms of Bunions

Symptoms, which occur at the site of the bunion, may include:

  • Pain or soreness
  • Inflammation and redness (as seen below)



    • A burning sensation along the side of the foot that may shoot into the big toe

  • There may also be numbness along the bump from pressure with shoe gear.
  • Symptoms can be made worse with tight shoes, shoes with a narrow toe box, and high heels.




  • Symptoms can also be worsened by spending long periods of time on your feet.


  • Pain with activity such as walking or running.  If a bunion hurts with motion, that pain typically occurs during the propulsive part of the gait cycle.  This is because this is the phase of the gait cycle where the big toe is forced to its maximum end range of motion.