When should I call the doctor?

You should call your healthcare provider if you experience:

  • Difficulty walking.
  • Lack of movement in the big toe.
  • Severe inflammation or redness in toe joints.
  • Signs of infection after surgery, such as fever.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

You may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • Why did I get a bunion?
  • What are the best treatments for bunions?
  • What can I do to lower the risk of getting a bunion on my other foot?
  • How can I lower the risk of other foot problems like calluses and corns?
  • What complications can occur if I do not treat my bunion?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Bunions are very common. While over-the-counter bunion pads and pain relievers ease symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider. Your provider can recommend other treatment options, such as shoe gear modifications, physical therapy, medications and orthotics. Treatments can reduce pain and stop bunion symptoms from getting worse. If the pain becomes severe, surgery to remove the bunion and realign the big toe can help you get moving again.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/10/2020.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Bunions. Accessed 12/11/2020.
  • The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Bunions. Accessed 12/11/2020.
  • American Podiatric Medical Association. What Is a Bunion? Accessed 12/11/2020.
  • Merck Manual. Bunion. Accessed 12/11/2020.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bunion. Accessed 12/11/2020.

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