Secondary Conditions Associated with Bunions


When a foot disorder occurs, it is bound to affect the whole related areas to varying extent. Same is the case with the bunion disorder. As it has many primary disorders related to the lower limb, it brings with it several secondary disorders that may develop with the time as a result of the inappropriate foot structure and conditions.

When the unstable pressure is exerted on the foot ligaments and muscles such as hallus abducto valgus causing the bones to move forward, the exterior secondary conditions associated with the phenomenon are corns and calluses. The most common complaint associated with the condition is the pain and discomfort due to corns development. The symptoms can be treated by the use of ready-made products, but one should go for the treatment of underlying cause. If such condition develops, you should be aware of the fact that bunion has been started to develop, and it will move towards an alarming situation, if left untreated.

The persons that are inclined towards wearing the tight or constrictive shoes are more likely to develop bunions if they have not acquired the inherited foot disorders. When the foot is compressed by wearing such shoes, it tries to prevent itself and fight against the changes. As a result of this action-reaction pairs, structural changes occur in the foot that shows themselves in the form of secondary conditions.

If the secondary conditions do not get the required attention, they may develop gradually into severe affliction that may be very difficult to treat. It may result in the following, hard to treat the issues:


If the foot is subjected to the undue pressure, it may cause the middle joint to contract and bend as a result. If the condition occurs, the end of the toe is forced downwards causing immense pain. The condition is called hammertoe. All the toes are likely to acquire hammertoe but the second toe is more likely to get stricken. Bunion can often lead to the hammertoe condition, but wearing high heels that cause imbalance in pressure distribution over the foot can result in both bunion and as a consequence hammertoe, or hammertoe alone.


Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory joint disease that may cause the immobility of joints. The feet that are affected by bunion are more likely to develop the osteoarthritis. Although it is not a disorder that may spread from one muscle to the other, but it does not imply that it is not a serious disorder. It can cause severe pain in the affected joint and may cause bone spurs around the targeted area. If the spur progress beyond a point, it can lead to a condition called a dorsal bunion.


It is a condition that is generally characterized by the pain in the underside of the foot in the metatarsal bones. These bones are located just before the start of toes. This area of the foot is often referred as the ball of the foot. This pain, in general, is called metatarsalgia. Just like fever, it does not occur as a problem itself, but as the symptom of another problem. As in bunion the underside of foot is extremely stressed and pressurized, the part that is affected the most is the ball of foot. So bunion can often lead to and express itself as Metatarsalgia.

If any of the above mentioned conditions occurs, the cause should be searched for. Because, early treatment of bunion is key to the cure of primary and secondary conditions that may arise with bunions.

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