Focus on Bunions – What exactly is a Bunion?
The origin of the word comes from the early 18th Century, derived from the old French word buigne meaning “bump on the head ”.
A more modern meaning is “a painful swelling on the first joint of the big toe” (metatarsophalangeal joint).
The correct medical term for a bunion is Hallux valgus which describes the
movement of the Hallux or “big toe” towards the second toe leading to dislocation of this joint and giving rise to
The same dislocation can also occur over the joint of the fifth toe forming a bunionette.