Chiropodist and Podiatrist in Tenterden, Kent
Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic
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Signs and Symptoms of Hallux Valgus
Causes of Hallux Valgus
Treatment depends whether the discomfort or pain is being caused by shoes rubbing the skin over the big toe joint or if the 1st toe joint itself is painful.
Shoes Rubbing the Skin?
When purchasing shoes always walk swiftly around the shop. Do not just stand up, slightly move your feet and think the shoes are comfortable. Test the shoes out first in the shop instead of wasting your money on inappropriate shoes that you will eventually throw away.
Avoid shoes with a narrow or pointed toe box.
Wear a gel type cover over the area to protect the skin
See the shoes I recommend
Pain Coming From 1st Toe Joint?
Orthotics cannot get rid of the deviation (ie change the look of the bunion) but can make an incredible difference to pain levels. Orthotics will also help to stop any further deterioration in the area.
You can either purchase ready made insoles and orthotics, or have custom orthotics made to a specific prescription. Custom orthotics are far superior however ready made insoles are OK for some people and are an excellent temporary solution.
Surgery to correct the deviation is a last resort when other measures have failed.
Surgery can realign the toe and remove the bunion. There are a huge number of different procedures available depending on the surgeon and the severity of your condition.
You must be realistic about the outcome of bunion surgery. If you have surgery it means you did not have a perfect foot before the operation and you will have to accept that you will not have a 100% perfect foot after surgery. What you should have, once everything is healed, is a significantly better foot than you had before, but perfect? No. Hopefully though all the pain and discomfort will have gone.
Only consider surgery if orthotics and/or changing your footwear have failed to control your pain. Never consider surgery just because you don't like the look of your bunion. There are always risks and complications associated with surgery.
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