Can Arthritis Cause Bunions?

Can Arthritis Cause Bunions?

A combination of osteoarthritis and bunions in the big toe is one of the most common things we see in our patients. The first MTPJ (metatarsophalangeal joint), where bunions occur, is also a common site impacted by arthritis. In fact, patients experiencing severe bunions are actually at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis in the big toe.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease resulting from the breakdown of cartilage and bone in the joints. Bunions impact the movement of the big toe joint which can cause the additional wear and tear that eventually becomes arthritis. Over time the impact of arthritis and bunions may lead to further complications such as corns, calluses and hammertoes.

The reverse is also true – the breakdown of cartilage in the big toe joint can lead to misalignment of the foot causing a bunion to form.

The good news is that manual therapies such as Foot Mobilisation are very strongly indicated in the treatment of bunions and osteoarthritis in big toes.

Natural stimulation of the big toe stimulates the natural lubricant into the joint. We do this by gentle hand on movement of the big toe, rotating it gently clockwise and anti-clockwise (see our demonstration in the video below!). 


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