How are bunions diagnosed?

Generally, observation is enough to diagnose a bunion, as the bump is obvious on the side of the foot or base of the big toe. However, your physician may order X-rays that will show the extent of the deformity of the foot.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/31/2016.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Bunions Accessed 10/31/2016.
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Bunions Accessed 10/31/2016.

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