bunion

noun
bun·​ion | \ˈbən-yən \

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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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 So can having bunions or hammertoes, or having a condition like rheumatoid arthritis that can cause joints to swell. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018 The PerfectFit Pointe inserts are made from a moldable putty that fills in gaps created by uneven toes and protects pressure points around bunions and corns. Claire Martin, New York Times, "Bringing Ballet Pros Relief, Down to the Tips of Their Toes," 12 Jan. 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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bunion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bunion

: a painful swelling on the side of the big toe

bunion

noun
bun·​ion | \ˈbən-yən \

Kids Definition of bunion

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

bunion

noun
bun·​ion | \ˈbən-yən \

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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