3 Complications of Bunions

In a significant number of cases, bunions may not cause serious complications. However, in people with severe bunions, additional complications can arise. These include the following.


Pressure asserted by a bunion can cause hammertoe, a condition in which the middle joint of a toe starts bending downwards.


Metatarsalgia is pain and inflammation can occur in the area just behind the joints of the second and third toe and is often described as a feeling of walking on pebbles.


Ill-fitting shoes not only increase the chances for developing bunions, but it can also lead to bursitis, a condition in which the small fluid-filled sacs called the bursae become inflamed.

When Should You See a Podiatrist for Your Bunion Pain?

The severity of pain will obviously be the big factor in consulting with a professional foot and ankle doctor. So, start by assessing your symptoms, including the following:

  • Pain or soreness.
  • Redness and warm to touch.
  • A burning sensation or numbness of the big toe.
  • Wearing and walking in shoes is difficult, even in flat shoes.

If any of these symptoms are progressively getting worse, it is best to consult with a professional podiatrist.

In addition, even if you start feeling pain in the joint area of your first big toe or if you notice that the toe is moving sideways towards the smaller toe, consult with a doctor. If bunions are addressed early on, their progress can be slowed down, and the symptoms and associated pain can be better managed.

Seeing the Right Type of Doctor Is Vital

Early detection and treatment can help in slowing down or stopping bunions from progressing or getting worse. Surgery may be recommended in very severe cases only. That, however, is a call only a professional foot and ankle doctor will take after a complete and careful diagnosis.

Do You Need The Help Of An Experienced Bunion Podiatrist In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're seeking the help for bunions you should speak to an experienced bunion podiatrist as as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.