A bunion is a deformity of the joint on the side of the big toe. Bunions can be very painful, and in time could develop into bursitis. Caged in pointy-toe shoes, feet might be more prone to this. Dents develop in buttery leather in the exact shape of the bump. Each bursa in the body is like a little sac filled with fluid that should cushion soft tissue and bone. What generates the swelling could also be family history—my mother had the same condition. In some instances, a bunion juts out on the side of the little toe, What I didn't know is that this is called a bunionette. The word incites laughter— and the unlikely image of a cinnamon bun mashed together with ugly toes. There's nothing I can really do except ogle rows of stilettos with high vamps, then pass them over for more reasonable styles. Quaint rhinestone buckles, suede, ribbon ties, kitten heels—my mother swooned over all kinds of new shoes. T-straps one season, patent leather the next. Unlike her, I have heavier, fuller calves; would probably veer into the nearest pavement crack or wobble down the stairs as I make ungraceful exit. At the end of a long day, I'll drop into a chair, yank off my boots or sneakers; try to be zen about these ginger bulbs, one smaller than the other.