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BUNION (Hallux Valgus)

When the big toe angles in towards the other toes and a bump is formed, it is called a bunion. This malalignment (called Hallux Valgus) of the toe can cause the joint to become inflamed with redness, tenderness, and pain.   A bunion is most often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight across the toes.  Also, bunions tend to run in families.  Bunions can be mild, moderate or severe.


1) Shoe modifications - wearing wide toe box  shoes or sandals can often relieve the irritating pain of bunions, however this will not fix the bony changes that have occurred.

2) Splint - A bunion splint, usually worn at night, can provide further relief. Depending on the structure of the foot, custom insoles might add further support and repositioning.

3) Surgery – some patients with persistent pain may require surgery to correct their bunion. Surgical procedures can correct deformity and relieve pain leading to improved function. These procedures typically involve removing the bony growth of the bunion while realigning the big toe. Not all bunions are the same and there are many different surgical procedures to correction bunions. 

To find out more information on Bunions, please visit the Orthopaedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


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