A bunion is a structural problem. It is a movement of the 1st metatarsal away from the 2nd metatarsal, which increases the angle between the metatarsal, changes the weight bearing surface of your foot, changing the mechanics and function of your foot. This is more complicated than it may seem, but the only way to remove a bunion is through surgery, and, if done properly, will take about 6 weeks for your to recover to the point of getting into shoes again, but you will have swelling for several months after surgery (but it gets less and less swollen the further away from the surgery date you get). This swelling is normal, but concerns and bothers patients, at times. Look up Hallux Abducto Valgus and its treatments on line.