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Why do bunions hurt?

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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
7 doctors agree

In brief: Pressure on the bump

Bunions don't always hurt.
They often become painful for several reasons. First, the prominence of the bump may rub against shoewear and can cause either acute (sudden) or chronic (longstanding) irritation. Second, in many cases the joint has shifted partway out of socket and that can cause pain. There is also a nerve that runs over the area that can become stretched because of the deformity.

In brief: Pressure on the bump

Bunions don't always hurt.
They often become painful for several reasons. First, the prominence of the bump may rub against shoewear and can cause either acute (sudden) or chronic (longstanding) irritation. Second, in many cases the joint has shifted partway out of socket and that can cause pain. There is also a nerve that runs over the area that can become stretched because of the deformity.
Dr. Daniel Farber
Dr. Daniel Farber
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Shoes

Most bunions that hurt, do so because of pressure from shoes.
Simply put, a bunion doesn't fit well in an off-the-shelf shoe. Over time, some bunions will also cause the joint to become arthritic as the great toe shifts and the cartilage of the two bones doesn't make proper contact.

In brief: Shoes

Most bunions that hurt, do so because of pressure from shoes.
Simply put, a bunion doesn't fit well in an off-the-shelf shoe. Over time, some bunions will also cause the joint to become arthritic as the great toe shifts and the cartilage of the two bones doesn't make proper contact.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many are painless

Painless bunions require no treatment some cause pain from intermal shoe rubbing wide shoes can help.

In brief: Many are painless

Painless bunions require no treatment some cause pain from intermal shoe rubbing wide shoes can help.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Few reasons

Friction against shoes which could cause inflammation or blstering.
Some kinds of bunions are arthritic in nature and block range of motion particularly when they are on the top as opposed to the side.

In brief: Few reasons

Friction against shoes which could cause inflammation or blstering.
Some kinds of bunions are arthritic in nature and block range of motion particularly when they are on the top as opposed to the side.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Many possibilities

Possible causes that patients may experience pain due to a bunion include pressure from ill fitting shoes, joint arthritis, inflammation of the joint capsule or bursa, abnormality of joint alignment, and nerve damage.

In brief: Many possibilities

Possible causes that patients may experience pain due to a bunion include pressure from ill fitting shoes, joint arthritis, inflammation of the joint capsule or bursa, abnormality of joint alignment, and nerve damage.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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