What are bunions?

POSTED: 11:27 AM PST February 14, 2013    UPDATED: 12:01 PM PST February 28, 2013 
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Do you have a bony bump on your toe that you just don’t know what it is? It may be a bunion.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a bunion is a bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe. The hospital says these form when your big toe pushes up against your other toes, forcing your joint to move in the opposite direction.

The Mayo Clinic says that over time this may become painful as the joint enlarges and there is crowding around your other toes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bunions can form from wearing shoes that are too small, or they can also be the result of other inherited conditions.