bunion

noun

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

Examples of bunion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stepping into a pair of heeled shoes shouldn’t have to come with the possibility of zero arch support—or worse, blisters and bunions. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 8 Nov. 2023 And bunions—a bony bump at the base of your big-toe joint—can often ache more if they’re being squeezed by a too-small shoe, Dr. Canzanese says. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 12 Sep. 2023 And in a pair of randomized trials, patients given a high dose of the oral medication after bunion surgery or abdominoplasty (a tummy tuck) reported less pain than those given a placebo. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 2 Aug. 2023 Runners with flat feet are already predisposed to develop injuries like tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (the inflammation of a band of tissue in the heel), bunions, and shin splints, which makes wearing the right type of running shoe of utmost importance, according to Sinclair. Emily Becker, Women's Health, 31 July 2023 However, surgical procedures to treat bunions have improved. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 These types of shoes can change your gait pattern, disable optimal toe movement, and even cause bunions or hammer toes. Genevieve Gyulavary Dpt, Outside Online, 9 Apr. 2023 Since bunions don’t go away on their own, these are only stopgap measures. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 The cushioning and arch support scored highly for people with plantar fasciitis and bunions, causing no flare-ups or irritation. Samson McDougall, Health, 4 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

probably alteration of bunny swelling

First Known Use

circa 1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bunion was circa 1718

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“Bunion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunion. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bunion

noun
bun·​ion ˈbən-yən How to pronounce bunion (audio)
: an inflamed swelling on the first joint of the big toe

Medical Definition

bunion

noun
bun·​ion ˈbən-yən How to pronounce bunion (audio)
: 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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