2. A Bony Bump on Your Big Toe
After noticing the inflammation symptoms, most concerned patients will seek treatment. However, many people brush off the symptoms of swelling, misinterpreting the signs for other conditions, such as gout or stubbing their toe. Some people may have no idea of what’s going on with their feet, and choose to ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will go away by themselves.
However, bunions will not reduce in size over time – they continue to grow and wreak havoc on the integrity of the big toe joint. As the deformity progresses, affected individuals start to notice a bony growth develop on the top, side, or underneath the big toe joint. This bony bump starts to produce symptoms of pain when you flex your big toe.
At this stage of the condition, most people will realize they have something wrong with their feet, and seek out a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment of their situation.