The term "hallux valgus" or "hallux abducto valgus" are the most commonly-used medical terms associated with a bunion deformity, where "hallux" refers to your great toe or your big toe, "valgus" refers to the abnormal angulation of your toe commonly associated with bunion deformities, and "abducto" refers to the abnormal drifting or inward leaning of your great toe towards the second toe, which is also commonly associated with bunion disorders.
Hallux Valgus is caused by a biomechanical abnormality, where certain tendons, ligaments, and supportive structures of the first metatarsal are no longer functioning correctly. This biomechanical abnormality may be caused by a variety of conditions intrinsic to the structure of your foot--such as flat feet, excessive ligamentous flexibility, abnormal bone structure, and certain neurological conditions.
Treatment for Hallux Valgus
This condition may be treated with changes in shoe gear, or we can prescribe orthotics. These sorts of treatments address symptoms more than they correct the actual deformity.
Corrective surgery may be necessary if discomfort you have is severe or when correction of the deformity is desirable for the continued health of your feet.
Dr. Fosdick will go over all of your options to make your feet feel better.
Your feet should be pain free.
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