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Hallux Valgus


It is a deformity of the big toe joint, which pushes it towards smaller toes causing pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness around the joint, especially with pressure from tight shoes.

How did I get this?

  • Arthritis can be a risk factor.
  • Family history of Hallux Valgus.
  • Wearing tight shoes can contribute to the problem.

What can I do about it?

  • Wear good fitting shoes.
  • Avoid high heels.
  • Wear a pad over the bunion.
  • See a podiatrist.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrist may advise on appropriate footwear, padding, night splints.
  • Podiatrist may consider prescribing orthotics.
  • Foot and ankle surgeon may advise on surgery if the joint is too painful.

When will it get better?

The symptoms may well settle, especially if you are careful with shoes, but the deformity is likely to progress.Surgery is the only effective way of correcting the deformity (but it may still reoccur in the future).