Initially bunions are small and perhaps remain unnoticed for a while. However, they usually get worse over time. The progression depends on several factors, such as your choice of shoes, the type of your exercise and your weight. These factors directly affect the pressure on the MTP joint with every step you take. The pain increases, the bigger the bunion gets.
An advanced bunion is not only painful, but also changes the appearance of your foot. In extreme cases, the big toe might even lie on top of the neighboring toe. Blisters or calluses might develop on the bunion or between the toes, adding to the discomfort experienced due to the bunion itself.
Eventually, bunions can lead to the inflammation of the MTP joint. This can lead to the joint becoming stiff and damage the joint’s cartilage causing chronic pain and arthritis.