Thursday 17th Oct, 2019
Thursday 17th October, 2019
ADVANCED Foot & Ankle Centre
6287 4889 Tuggeranong
6287 2818 Weston Creek

Hallux Valgus (Bunions - progressive dislocation of the big toe joint)

This disorder is a progressive dislocation of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint (big toe joint) and is primarily inherited. It is commonly associated with pain and osteoarthritis of this particular joint as well as progressive subluxation of the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints (small toe joints) leading to progressive hammer/claw toes and associated plantar (bottom of the forefoot) pain. Corn and callouses are common consequences of a foot afflicted with hallux valgus. Nerve entrapments (ie-neuromas) exhibit a high incidence in patients exhibited a hallux valgus deformity. Patients with hallux valgus often experience a reduction in quality of life, mobility and experience foot wear fitting difficulties.Hallux valgus and its associated complaints can be treated in many cases without surgery depending upon the severity of the disorder. Primary foot care can be used to address corns and callouses and thickened/ingrowing toe nails associated with it. Foot orthoses can be used to reduce pressure to the foot and control foot pronation commonly associated with its development or progression. Shoes can be used to accommodate ‘bunions’ and reduce pressure from the top of the lesser toes. Medications can be a useful compliment to these measures.Hallux valgus surgery is reported in the literature as highly reliable at treating this condition when other forms of treatment have proven ineffective or in more advanced cases where conservative care (ie – non-operative management) is not indicated. There are many types of potential procedures which can be performed and these options can be discussed with our practitioners.

Hallux valgus (bunions) usually worsen over time.

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