Hallux valgus - Foot Injuries

Hallux valgus is also known as a bunion and is a bony protrusion which usually forms at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually form as a result of the foot pointing inwards; this causes the bit toe to fall out of alignment with the metatarsal, which makes the metatarsal bone protrude through the side of the foot where the big toe should be.

Causes of hallux valgus

The exact cause of hallux valgus remains unknown; however, some contributing factors have been identified by specialists; these include family history, arthritis and badly fitting shoes.

Symptoms of hallux valgus

The most obvious symptom is the visible protrusion; however, hallux valgus can also cause discomfort, especially when wearing shoes, pain during exercise, hardened skin around the bunion and tenderness.

Treating hallux valgus

Pain relief medication will usually control pain brought on by a bunion; applying ice will also help to ease pain and reduce swelling. If the hallux valgus is causing considerable pain and discomfort, surgical treatment may be recommended. A GP might also recommend wearing orthotic devices to correct the alignment of the bones in the foot.

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