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Dr. Richard Jay
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Hallux Valgus (Definition)

Formally defined as a > 15 degree angle between the 1st metatarsal and the great toe where the toe in question deviate ...Read more


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What exercises can I do if i had bunion(hallux valgus) surgery?

Range of motion: Try and bend your toe up and down. Surgery usually will initially decrease some range of motion, so you want to make sure to prevent or break up any post op adhesions. ...Read more

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What is a bunion? And hallux valgus?

What is a bunion? And hallux valgus?

Structural deformity: Some differences, but basically used interchangeably. Bunions are a bony prominence with joint misalignment. They are progressive, structural deformities. You can improve the symptoms with better shoes, but you can't improve the deformity. My rule of thumb: if the deformity bothers you on a regular basis or is limiting your activity, then surgery is an option to consider. Dr l. ...Read more

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Is it risky to undergo a bunion operation for hallux valgus?

Good results: While risks are inherent to all surgery, a well performed bunion surgery yields excellent results. ...Read more

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I was born with a hallux valgus (bunion) since I was born but it doesn't hurt!. Does it need to be treated?

I was born with a hallux valgus (bunion) since I was born but it doesn't hurt!. Does it need to be treated?

Yes: Bunions are progressive structural deformities. They will gradually get worse over time. Yes, in the case, means good shoes and supports. The better you can protect and support the foot, the less wear and tear on the foot. Better to be proactive than reactive. Dr l. ...Read more

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I was born with hallux valgus (bunions) on both of my feet. My identical twin sister does not have this deformity. How can this happen?

I was born with hallux valgus (bunions) on both of my feet. My identical twin sister does not have this deformity. How can this happen?

Strange: Yes, bunions can have a genetic component, especially juvenile bunions; however there are many outside factors that can cause bunions. Does your sister wear a different style shoe, or have a different gait pattern? If you were truly born with them and had bunion deformity as a small child, i agree it is strange that your sister did not as well. Maybe one gene mutated? Genetics is not my field. ...Read more

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Genu valgum (knock knees) and hallux valgus (bunions) is ruining my life, i want the leg amputated; who will do it?

Genu valgum (knock knees) and hallux valgus (bunions) is ruining my life, i want the leg amputated; who will do it?

NO amputation...: There are a number of surgical options that can help you greatly without giving up on your leg. An amputation is not an answer to your current problems. ...Read more

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What happens in surgery for hallux valgus?

Surgically realign: During hallux valgus surgery depending on procedure the bone is surgically broken and realigned with with screws or pin for stability of the broken bone. Usually after the procedure you are put in a walking boot or cast for a period of 4-8 weeks again depending on the procedure chosen to correct your deformity. Please go to eastpennfoot.Com for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Bunion (Definition)

A true bunion is the increased growth of bone on the side of ...Read more