You may never have heard of hallux valgus before, but you probably know what a bunion is, especially if you are living with or used to live with this common, painful, and debilitating condition. Hallux valgus is the Latin name for a bunion, but no matter what you call it, if you have one, you want the pain relieved and the problem resolved.
At CDA Foot & Ankle Clinic, we can address bunions safely and effectively, usually without the need for invasive surgery. Our innovative approaches, especially minimally invasive bunion surgery, have provided relief for hundreds of patients suffering from hallux valgus. The first steps in treatment, however, are understanding what a bunion is and recognizing and diagnosing the condition.
What Is Hallux Valgus?
Hallux valgus, or a bunion, can develop when pressure on the joint of the big toe pushes it toward and crowds the second toe.
Your big toe contains two important joints. The metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP) is the larger of the two. It connects the first long bone of the foot (the metatarsal) to the first bone of the toe (the phalanx). A bunion appears in the MTP joint when it moves out of its regular alignment and shifts the metatarsal bone towards the inside of the foot while also angling the phalanx bones of the big toe inward towards the second toe.
Hallux Valgus Symptoms and Causes
Over time, this joint dislocation will cause a painful, red, and swollen bony bump to emerge at the site of the joint on the inside of the foot. You may first notice that bump only after months or years of the big toe slowly moving inward.
Hallux Valgus develops for different reasons in different people. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to bunions. For other people, most often women, wearing shoes with a narrow, pointed toe box can push the toes into an unnatural position, putting extreme pressure on the toe joint. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can also cause hallux valgus.
Treatment Options For Hallux Valgus
At CDA Foot & Ankle Clinic, we always prefer non-surgical or minimally invasive treatment for bunions. Conservative approaches that often bring relief include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Custom orthotics
- Bunions pads or cushions
- Wearing comfortable, roomy shoes
- Applying ice
If these efforts don’t provide effective relief from bunion pain, we may need to explore more aggressive approaches. In the past, this would have usually meant invasive surgery with all of its accompanying downsides, inconveniences, and risks.
We perform minimally invasive bunion surgery regularly with tremendous success, allowing our patients to live without bunion pain and without the need for traditional surgery.
Learn More About Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery. Schedule Your Appointment With Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic Today.
At Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic and Surgery Center, our skilled and committed team of physicians and staff provide exceptional care and treatment for all foot and ankle problems, including bunions. We offer the most advanced corrective surgical procedures and specialize in the Isham minimally invasive surgery techniques recognized by orthopedic and podiatric surgeons worldwide.
Call us today at (208) 666-0605 to schedule your appointment and learn more about minimally invasive foot surgery.