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A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Home treatment can help relieve toe pain and may prevent a bunion from getting worse. Home treatment includes:
To relieve toe pain:
For children with bunions, using orthotic insoles to correct a walk where the foot rolls inward (excessive pronation) is questionable. Some studies show that bunions in children may not be related to pronation.1
Children who have bunions should see a doctor if foot pain is limiting their activity. In some cases, the doctor may recommend surgery.
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