Definition of bunion in English:



  • A painful swelling on the first joint of the big toe.

    • ‘In severe cases, excessive compensation at the level of the mediotarsal joint can lead to the development of bunions, hammertoes, and other disorders.’
    • ‘The main reason why so many people have problems ranging from bunions to hammer toes is poor choice of shoes and their improper fit.’
    • ‘Painful bunions make life miserable, but many doctors suggest leaving well alone rather than undergoing surgery.’
    • ‘If your bunion is very painful, you should talk to your GP or podiatrist about this.’
    • ‘On the other hand, over-restrictive footwear can lead to the more serious problem of bunions: abnormal enlargements of the bottom joint of the big toe.’
    • ‘Bunions - Poorly fitting shoes and heredity are the primary causes of bunions, an unsightly bump of bone on the side of the big toe joint.’
    • ‘However, women who wear ill-fitting shoes are liable to suffer in the long-term with blisters, bunions and joint pains.’
    • ‘A bunion looks like a swollen, red, bony bump at the base of the big toe.’
    • ‘In this position the Achilles tendon of the leading foot can be inserted in the gap between the big toe and the first lesser toe to help correct a bunion.’
    • ‘Unlike a bunion, which affects only your big toe, hammertoe can affect any toe.’
    • ‘Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as bunions, hammer toes, and charcot feet.’
    • ‘But Mrs Ruthven warns the fad could lead to corns, bunions, calluses, claw toes, hammer toes - even arthritis and lower back problems.’
    • ‘A bunion is a bony swelling on the side of the big toe.’
    • ‘With no support of the toe box, the toes and ankles suffered causing ingrown toenails, bunions and arthritis.’
    • ‘Congenital deformities and neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy, can also be linked to bunions.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for athletes to suffer such ailments as stress fractures, runner's knee, bunions and blisters.’
    • ‘As a bunion progresses the joint of the toe that it is impacted can become inflamed and enlarged causing pain and ultimately causing the foot to become deformed.’
    • ‘No sandals for anyone with hammer toes, bunions, or thick ankles.’
    • ‘Aside from the aesthetic factor, bunions can be painful.’
    • ‘When a patient presents with foot pain, bunions, corns or plantar warts, the physician should instruct them in how to choose properly fitting shoes.’
    bump, lump, bulge, inflammation, protuberance, excrescence, enlargement, distension, prominence, protrusion, tumour, node, nodule
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Early 18th century: ultimately from Old French buignon, from buigne ‘bump on the head’.