Do you feel pain in your big toe joint while walking, but haven't seen any changes yet? Hallux valgus disease (bunion) begins with a relatively inconspicuous minor pain, bruising, and a slightly swollen joint. If you feel that the pain is "just from bad shoes," you are probably right. Wearing unsuitable footwear long-term can result in an unpleasant deformity that could end up in surgery. A bunion also arises as a result of a deformed arch of the foot or flat feet.