A bunion, also referred to as hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus, is commonly thought of as a bump on the side of the big toe. A bunion is so much more than just a bump. The bump that is seen is the result of changes in the bony framework of the forefoot, the great toe deviates towards the second toe and often rotates as well. This deviation and rotation causes malalignment of the bones resulting in the visible bump. Not all bunions are painful. Along with the visible bump on the top or side of the foot, symptoms of a bunion may include pain or soreness, inflammation, or redness, a burning sensation, and possibly numbness, stiff or reduced range of motion, corner callus on the bump, and difficulty walking or wearing shoes. These symptoms tend to worsen with long periods of weightbearing activity and when wearing shoes, particularly those that crowd the toes. A doctor should be consulted if you were experiencing pain or symptoms of a bunion for evaluation.