Bunions | Symptoms & Causes

What causes bunions?

If your teenager has a bunion, chances are he or she is wearing shoes that are too tight, with a narrow toe box and/or with an elevated heel. (Girls are three times more likely than boys to get adolescent bunions).

Although bunions can be an inherited condition that occurs in families, shoes that are too small are the primary cause of bunions and other disabling foot problems such as corns, calluses and hammertoes. An underlying neurological disorder, such as cerebral palsy, can also predispose a child to developing bunions.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

The symptoms of adolescent bunions are as follows: 

  • swelling around the base of the big toe
  • a sore bump
  • pain and trouble wearing shoes
  • pain when walking

The symptoms of bunions may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.