It is commonly known as “bunion” (hallux means big toe and valgus means bent out or twisted out). A bunion is a common and potentially painful condition with unclear causes. It appears to be a deformed bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe. It happens when your big toe point towards your second toe.
Generally, observation is enough to diagnose a bunion, as the bump is obvious on the side of the foot or base of the big toe. However, your surgeon may order x-rays that will show the extent of the deformity of the foot.
If you have severe pain or trouble walking, and the symptoms do not improve with conservative management, your doctor may recommend bunion surgery. There are different types of surgeries to correct a bunion. Bringing the big toe back to its correct position may involve realigning bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
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