Definition of bunion in US English:



  • A painful swelling on the first joint 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.’
    • ‘With no support of the toe box, the toes and ankles suffered causing ingrown toenails, bunions and arthritis.’
    • ‘Aside from the aesthetic factor, bunions can be painful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In severe cases, excessive compensation at the level of the mediotarsal joint can lead to the development of bunions, hammertoes, and other disorders.’
    • ‘Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as bunions, hammer toes, and charcot feet.’
    • ‘No sandals for anyone with hammer toes, bunions, or thick ankles.’
    • ‘A bunion is a bony swelling on the side of the big toe.’
    • ‘Painful bunions make life miserable, but many doctors suggest leaving well alone rather than undergoing surgery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If your bunion is very painful, you should talk to your GP or podiatrist about this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, women who wear ill-fitting shoes are liable to suffer in the long-term with blisters, bunions and joint pains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a patient presents with foot pain, bunions, corns or plantar warts, the physician should instruct them in how to choose properly fitting shoes.’
    • ‘But Mrs Ruthven warns the fad could lead to corns, bunions, calluses, claw toes, hammer toes - even arthritis and lower back problems.’
    • ‘Unlike a bunion, which affects only your big toe, hammertoe can affect any toe.’
    • ‘The main reason why so many people have problems ranging from bunions to hammer toes is poor choice of shoes and their improper fit.’
    • ‘A bunion looks like a swollen, red, bony bump at the base of the big toe.’
    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’.