A bunion is a deformity that usually occurs at the end of one of the five long bones (the metatarsal bones) that extend from the arch of the foot and connect to the toes. Most often bunions develop in the first metatarsal bone (the one that attaches to the big toe). A bunion may also develop in the bone that joins the little toe to the foot (the fifth metatarsal bone), in which case it is known as either a bunionette or a tailor's bunion.
A bunion typically develops in the following way:
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