What is a bunion (Hallux Valgus)?
Bunions or the medically termed Hallux Valgus is a progressive deformity of the big toe resulting in widening of the forefoot and gradual dislocation of the big toe towards the second. The overlying skin maybe swollen, red and tender. Bunions are often painful and can limit what shoes you can wear
Causes of bunions:
Bunions are a common occurrence in men and women and typically start progressing in their teens. It is well agreed amongst foot specialists that a strong genetic link exists in most cases.
More than 50% of Women in the UK have bunions, therefore it is a common foot deformity. The problem often runs in families, although tight narrow shoes and high heels are often blamed.
Symptoms of bunions:
- A bulge or bump on the outside of your big toe
- Pain and swelling around the big toe joint
- There may be hardened skin or a callus on the bump
Blood test may first be required to rule out any other medical conditions. Our podiatrist will usually be able to identify a bunion by examining your foot. An x-ray can help us to identify the causes of the bunion and determine its severity.
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