Hallux Valgus (Bunion)

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

Cause: Hereditary, trauma

Appearance: Painful bump on the inside of the forefoot, trouble with fitting shoes, pain with tight shoe gear

How to Diagnose: X-ray

Treatment: Padding, wider shoes, shoe stretching (with tennis balls), reconstructive surgery.

Long-term prognosis: If irritation from shoes is the only complaint, padding and shoe widening is usually sufficient. If the bunion is causing pain with everyday activities and interfering with daily life, surgery may be indicated. Surgery usually takes 6-8 weeks minimum to get back to sporting activities.

Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon.

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