Hallux Valgus is a common misalignment of the big toes. The big toe appears to move to the outside edge of the foot, crowding the smaller toes. The metatarsophalangeal joint (the links between your toes and the bones in the main part of your foot) is overstretched in the hallux valgus deformity, and as a result, excruciating big toe arthritis can occur. The metatarsophalangeal joint’s projecting Hallux Valgus becomes irritated and uncomfortable, and it can swell.
How To Recognise Hallux Valgus?
- The metatarsophalangeal joint reddens and an expanded ball develops.
- The active flexibility of the big toe is reduced and feels stiff.
- The big toe is slanted to one side.
- The big toe is spun around on its axis.
- The undersides of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes redden and calluses develop.
How does hallux valgus develop?
As a result of splayfoot, hallux valgus invariably develops. The front arch of the foot descends in splayfoot. Toes are flat on the ground at the tips. A skewed outward posture of the toes can be seen. When the hallux valgus tendon is strained, the big toe rotates out of the metatarsophalangeal joint, inwards, toward the other toes, much like a bow curved by the bowstring. The big toe, which is turned inwards, crowds out the neighboring toes, causing them to distort as a result of hallux valgus: As a result, hallux valgus is frequently associated with hammer and claw toes.
Treatment Of Hallux Valgus:
- Non-Operative Treatment – Non-operative treatment for hallux valgus deformity does not repair the deformity, but it can alleviate the discomfort.
- Operative Treatment – For the repair of hallux valgus, more than 100 distinct surgical methods have been documented. Surgical treatment techniques are determined in part by the appearance and severity of the deformity.
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