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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is hallux valgus?

Hallux valgus or a bunion is bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe when the big toe pushes against the next toe. Tight shoes, foot stress and arthritis are common causes. It can lead to deformity.

Symptoms of hallux valgus

  • Toe pain

  • Toe swelling

  • Numbness or tingling in the toes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hallux valgus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hallux valgus

  • Do you have pain in the toe(s)?

  • Do you have swollen toes?

  • Do you have any numbness or tingling in your toes?

Treatment for hallux valgus

Treatment involves physical therapy and exercise for joint mobilty, massage, wearing a splint or surgery.

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