Bunion (hallux valgus)

Specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery

The hallux valgus or bunion is a deformity of the big toe, which is diverted to the other fingers, coming to overlap the second toe. The causes of the appearance of bunions are hereditary factors, inflammatory rheumatism, disorders of the foot or the use of inappropriate footwear. Hallux valgus foot swells and it has pain in the area of ​​the junction of the finger with the rest of the foot, which is usually worse when walking. The hallux valgus can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers, physiotherapy exercises and massage, local application of heat or cold, or even the use of pads in the area of ​​the bunion. The operation is indicated only in severe cases where there is a high difficulty walking.

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