Deformities in the feet cause pain, in addition to representing an aesthetic problem that can condition us in our daily lives.
Hallux valgus bunion is an axial deviation of the metatarsus and phalanx of the first toe caused by various factors, the first of which is the shape of the foot: people who have a big toe longer than the rest of the toes tend to develop this type of pathology. The use of tight or heeled shoes increases discomfort.
In most cases, the diagnosis can be made with the observation of the specialist. An x-ray of the foot can show a possible abnormal angle between the big toe and the foot and can sometimes reveal the onset of arthritis.
What is the treatment for hallux valgus bunion?
If bunions are not painful and do not prevent the use of footwear, specialists advise against operating on them.
The surgery for a bunion problem is indicated in those painful cases or those that do not allow walking normally.
Other types of non-surgical treatments may also be helpful in bunion correction. In some cases, the use of orthopaedic insoles that are tailored to the patient is enough.
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When is surgery indicated?
Hallux valgus bunion surgery is indicated in those painful cases or those that do not allow walking normally.
There are many techniques for surgical correction. The specialist will determine which is the most suitable in each case, depending on the degree of deformity, the age of the patient or the cause.
Among the latest surgical innovations, percutaneous surgery stands out. It consists of making small incisions with which the protrusion of the bone is removed. It is performed as an outpatient surgery (the patient returns home the same day of the operation) and is performed under local anaesthesia.
In a first evaluation visit and after a careful collection of clinical data, an examination of the foot and diagnostic tests, we can make a definitive diagnosis.
This intervention requires minimal attention during the first days. At discharge, you will be informed of the care to be performed after the surgery, about what exercises can be performed at home to avoid stiffness.
At Harley Street Hospital, we have some of the best specialists to perform hallux valgus bunion surgery. Book an appointment to get a checkup.