Bunion and arthritis are two separate conditions that can occur together. A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe, caused by a misalignment of the bones in the foot, while arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. In some cases, the bunion can cause or exacerbate arthritis in the big toe joint. This can happen as the bunion progresses and causes more stress on the joint, leading to wear and tear on the cartilage and other structures in the joint.
Symptoms of bunion arthritis can include pain and stiffness in the big toe joint, difficulty walking, and difficulty finding shoes that fit comfortably. Treatment options for bunion arthritis may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, shoe modifications, and in severe cases, surgery. Surgery may involve realigning the bones in the foot and removing damaged or arthritic tissue. It is important to consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for your individual case.