bunion hallux valgus
Hallux valgus, also known as a bunion, is a condition in which the big toe deviates towards the second toe, causing a bony bump to form on the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition is caused by the misalignment of bones in the foot, and can cause pain and difficulty walking.
Risk factors for developing hallux valgus include genetics, foot shape, and wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Treatment options for hallux valgus include wearing wider shoes with a low heel, using bunion pads, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.
Non-surgical treatment options include:
- Wearing shoes with a wide toe box and low heel
- Using bunion pads or toe spacers
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Custom orthotic inserts
Consult with a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon to determine the best treatment option for you.