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Right we know what a bunion is, and we know that there can be many different reasons for them but what do we do to treat them?  
 
Before you book in for major surgery there are several ways to deal with bunions on a day to day basis. 
 
First is your bunion painful? Several people have bunions and they are not painful and in this case you may choose to totally ignore them or you may will to preserve the joint as best you can and prevent further deterioration. 
Like most things in life there are very few people with what we perceive to be a normal or perfect foot.  
 
Occasionally you hear of a person, often married to someone who has terrible feet ‘my husband’s feet are perfect…’ but much like new-born babies that sleep through the night, I have never seen one. 
Ok so we hear about bunions a lot, most people think only women get them or only old people or we inherit them from our granny.  
 
But what are they, why do we get them and what can we do about them? 
 
This is a picture of my bunion. Yes, even podiatrists get them.  
 
Mine is not big or painful and mainly this is because of how I manage it and I will go into detail on that later. 
 
A bunion is a bony prominence on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe.  
 
There is always a cause for this and if the cause is treated early enough then the bunion can be prevented, or its progress delayed. 
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