"Is This a Bunion?” Understanding and Addressing Foot Pain

"Is This a Bunion?” Understanding and Addressing Foot Pain

You may be wondering if that prominent bone on your foot is a bunion, and what steps you could take to alleviate your foot pain. This blog by Dr. Nathan Hansen at Hansen Foot and Ankle, in Mill Creek, Washington aims to educate readers about bunions.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe joint. It occurs when the big toe pushes against the second toe, causing the joint to stick out. Common causes include genetics, improper footwear, and overall foot structure.

Is This a Bunion?

Common symptoms of a bunion can include:

  • Toe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Changes in toe alignment

Consult a podiatrist to determine if you have a bunion and for further treatment.

What are some risk factors for developing a bunion?

Factors that may contribute to the development of bunions include family history, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot conditions.

What do I do if I have a bunion?

It is very important to consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis. A visit with your podiatrist will typically include a physical examination and, if necessary, X-rays.

What Can I Do About It?  Treatment Options:

Conservative Measures:

  • Consider some lifestyle changes, including wearing comfortable shoes, using orthotic inserts, and avoiding high heels.
  • There are great benefits of toe exercises and stretches to improve foot flexibility. Your podiatrist can recommend some great foot exercises.

Pain Management: consider over-the-counter pain relievers and ice therapy to manage pain and inflammation.

Medical Interventions:

  • Medical interventions, such as custom orthotics, bunion pads, or splints.
  • Surgical options are available for more complex cases. It is important to have a discussion with your podiatrist and outweigh the risks and benefits of undergoing a surgical procedure.

Preventative Measures: Some tips for the prevention of bunions include choosing proper footwear, maintaining a healthy weight, and being mindful of foot hygiene.


In conclusion, it is very important to seek the professional advice of a podiatrist, like Dr Nathan Hansen, in Mill Creek, Washington.  If you are concerned that you may have a bunion, take proactive steps to address your foot pain, as early intervention can prevent the worsening of bunions.


Dr. Hansen serves patients requiring foot and ankle care in the Mill Creek, Washington area. He also sees patients from the nearby areas of Everett, Snohomish, Marysville, Woodinville, Arlington, Bellingham, and from all over the Seattle region.

Visit his website at www.hansenfoot.com to learn more.