I know this isn't a topic many people talk about, but you know me! I'm not afraid to speak my mind! I hate my bunions. They are ugly and sometimes hurt. And wouldn’t you know it – bunions are much more common in women than men. And women, of course, tend to care much more about wearing cute shoes – which usually translates to narrow shoes. A bunion, also known by the appropriately ugly name “hallux valgus” is a boney bump that sticks out at the base of the big toe joint. It’s a structural problem that can worsen over time, as the big toe pushes against the toe beside it – sometimes even crossing over it. A lifetime of wearing narrow shoes may cause this to happen, but so can foot injuries and conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.