Bunion with displaced toe

Picture of a bunion with the big toe pointed toward the other toes

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A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). This results in a bump on the outside edge of this toe. The skin may be red or irritated, and there may be swelling at the base of the big toe. The big toe may point toward the other toes.

Last Updated: February 4, 2010

Author: Judy Dundas

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatric Surgery

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