Did you know that around 13 million women suffer from this agonising foot complaint which can really only be treated by a painful, bone-crunching surgery.
But now there is a new keyhole procedure which is quick, almost pain free and leaves no scars.
Bunions are usually hereditary so if your mother had them, then the chances are you will get them too.
Bunion surgery has a reputation for being very painful with a lengthy recovery period, due to the amount of tissue that had to be cut through during surgery.
However, although some keyhole procedures for this problem may have been around for a while, there was no guarantee that the bunion would not return. But the latest keyhole procedure works like an open procedure leaving permanent screws to fit the joint, but through tiny incision.
This then means a minimal scar, performed as a day case and under local anaesthetic and with post operative pain and swelling greatly reduced.
After the operation the patient is still on crutches for six weeks and special shoes to be worn to keep your toes off the ground. But, once healed you should be able to get back in your high heels and even ran a marathon.
The long term impact of minimally invasive surgery for bunions is not yet known.