Re: Curious Foot Questions?
a bunion occurs when your first metatarsal does not line up properly and begins to "float" in the wrong direction, i.e. away from your other metatarsals. this is mainly due to hereditary factors but can develop and worsen depending on footwear (if shoes are too tight). bunions can range from mild to severe. a mild bunion looks like a little bump right next to your big toe. a severe bunion develops into a large protrusion of the first metatarsal and causes the big toe to turn inward toward the second toe and can cause the second toe to rest on top of the first toe. sorry if that was confusing, but there are many different degrees of a bunion. The only way to get rid of a bunion is through surgery and the type of surgery depends on the severity of the bunion.
i don't know much about corns, I would guess they are caused by tight fitting shoes that force your baby toe to constantly rub up against the shoe. I think corns are similar to caluses, but again i'm not sure. you can get a corn removed surgically but you can also get little pads to put on your pinky toe to help alleviate your toe from rubbing against your shoes.
hope that helps!