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Medicine For Hallux Valgus
Bunion: Hallux valgus is the medical term for a bunion. Hallux means big toe or great toe. Valgus means bent out and is used to describe a deformity in which the angulation is away from the midline of the body. Hallux valgus is when the great toe is bent out away from the midline of the body. This is a common deformity seen in 9 out of 10 women. ...Read more
Big toe angulation: Hallux valgus is a progressive disorder that is often described as a deviation of the big toe creating a “bump” on the side of the big toe joint which may become painful. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the framework of that joint and possibly adjacent joints. In later stages, the big toe may lean towards the second toe which throws the bones out of alignment – producing the bunion’. ...Read more
Angulation big toe: Hallux valgus is the term often used for a bunion. The bunion is the bump that you see. Hallux (means big toe) valgus (means pointed away from the midline of the body) so hallux valgus refers to the condition where the big toe is pointed out towards the other toes. It is sometimes painful but not always. ...Read more
Medial bump/1st toe: Formally defined as a > 15 degree angle between the 1st metatarsal and the great toe where the toe in question deviate towards the lessor toes ...Read more
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
It Can Be...: If you have pain from this deformity, especially if it is keeping you from doing the activities that you want to, then, yes... Have it corrected. If it is painless, there is really no reason to correct it except for in certain circumstances. See a podiatrist. ...Read more
Lots: Ask about what the plan is for pain control after surgery, find out if you will be able to walk on that foot or if you will need to be on crutches and for how long, ask about the success rate for your surgeon, ask who you should call if there are any problems after surgery. Most importantly ask yourself if you are doing this for pain or for vanity. Pain is the reason to have it fixed. ...Read more
Overall, until you are back to full unrestricted activity it will be about 3-4 months. Typically if the bone is cut to fix your hallux valgus, it will take 8-12 weeks for the bone to fully heal.
There are many different types of correction they all involve cutting bone and moving it, or fusing them together to achieve appropriate correction. ...Read more
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
Deformity of the great toe and its metatarsal.
The 1st metatarsal is deviated away from the rest of the forefoot bones (abducted), and the great toe (hallux) runs over the 2nd toe, sometimes overlapping/ underlapping it in the more severe cases. ...Read more
HalluxValgus Surgery: Depending on the degree of hallux valgus there are many different types of surgery that may be appropriate for you. You may have a screw inserted in the bone and you may be able to walk on the foot the day of the surgery. You need to be evaluated by a podiatric surgeon to determine the appropriate procedure for your foot. Newer surgical techniques create much less pain than in years past. ...Read more
Depends on procedure: This is an important question to ask your doctor. Recover depends on the type of procedure. Some ways of fixing hallux valgus will allow you to walk on it right away and others may require 6 weeks or more of crutches. It also depends on your work. If you sit at a desk you might need 1-2 weeks off. If you do heavy labor then you might need 3 months. ...Read more
Follow dr's advice: Make sure you allow yourself a smooth recovery without any setbacks - follow the instructions! ...Read more
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
Ask surgeon: This should have been all spelled out for you before the procedure. There are also different procedures that take different amounts of time to heal. ...Read more
X ray results read 18 degrees of hallux valgus deformity and ankle mortise is congruent. What does this mean??
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