Quite often, I see patients in clinic who either think they have bunion or their family doctor does - but it actually isn't a bunion.
A bump around the big toe area is commonly assumed to be a bunion but is often growth of ‘bone spurs’ related to an arthritic process and not a bunion. The two conditions are very different as can be seen from the table below:
|Problem||BUNION||BIG TOE ARTHRITIS (BONE SPURS)|
|Prominence||On the side of the big toe||On the top of the big toe joint|
|Pain||On the side of the big toe||On the top of the big toe joint|
|Movement||Normal and pain free||Stiff and painful|
|Big Toe Angle||Towards the second toe||Usually straight/normal position|
The images below show a patient with large bone spurs in an arthritic big toe; a photograph and x-ray of the same patient.
Luckily, there are minimally invasive (keyhole) solutions for both conditions!
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