bun·​ion | \ ˈbən-yən How to pronounce bunion (audio) \

Definition of bunion

: an inflamed swelling of the small fluid-filled sac on the first joint of the big toe accompanied by enlargement and protrusion of the joint

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These soothing words shall ease our emotional bunions and help us root back into the earth. Margaret Wappler, latimes.com, "The Happy Foot Sad Foot sign is moving. These books may fill the foot-shaped void in your heart," 12 July 2019 This crate is full of stuff that was abandoned in an old Amazon warehouse: bunion pads, a VGA adapter, a bottle that seems to be full of a former employee’s urine. Felipe Torres Medina, The New Yorker, "New Subscription Services to Fill Your Home with Cardboard Boxes," 20 June 2019 Hammertoes are also often accompanied by bunions, bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe and crowd the toes even more within the shoe, exacerbating the situation. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Can You Do About a Hammertoe?," 6 July 2018 My feet are wide and there’s a sizable bunion on my right foot. The Cut, "6 Women Review Everlane’s New Flats," 23 Apr. 2018 In Phase 3 trials, bunion-surgery patients receiving the drug had pain reductions of 27% and 18%, respectively, compared with a placebo and conventional bupivacaine, according to Heron. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "The Heated Quest for Opioid Alternatives," 25 May 2018 Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers, which has two locations in Manhattan, offers a basic treatment ($57) that includes clipping, filing and buffing, as well as an exfoliating scrub to attack those unsightly calluses or bunions. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Some of Menz’s research on older adults shows that too-short or too-narrow shoes can lead to foot deformities and increased risk for weakness and falls, as well as growths like bunions, corns and calluses. Markham Heid, Time, "These Are the Healthiest Shoes To Wear, According to Scientists," 30 May 2018 High heels generally shift your weight forward to the balls of your feet, putting entirely too much pressure on your muscles and joints and potentially causing pain, along with issues like bunions and hammertoes over time. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bunion

circa 1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bunion

probably alteration of bunny swelling

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English Language Learners Definition of bunion

: a painful swelling on the side of the big toe


bun·​ion | \ ˈbən-yən How to pronounce bunion (audio) \

Kids Definition of bunion

: a sore reddened swelling of the first joint of a big toe


bun·​ion | \ ˈbən-yən How to pronounce bunion (audio) \

Medical Definition of bunion

: an inflamed swelling of the small fluid-filled sac on the first joint of the big toe accompanied by enlargement and protrusion of the joint — compare hallux valgus

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