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The symptoms of hallux valgus

Hallux valgus (Hallux Abducto Valgus), generally called a bunion, is a common deformity of the forefoot. It is a deviation of the great toe caused by an enlargement of bone or tissue, sometimes painful, at its base.
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The symptoms of hallux valgus

Hallux valgus (Hallux Abducto Valgus), generally called a bunion, is a common deformity of the forefoot. It is a deviation of the great toe caused by an enlargement of bone or tissue, sometimes painful, at its base.
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The symptoms of hallux valgus

Hallux valgus (Hallux Abducto Valgus), generally called a bunion, is a common deformity of the forefoot. It is a deviation of the great toe caused by an enlargement of bone or tissue, sometimes painful, at its base.

What are the most common causes?

Contrary to popular belief, this deformity is not always hereditary, but certain genetic factors can predispose its development.

The most common causes are biomechanical problems resulting from poorly fitting shoes – particularly footwear with tight, pointy tips or high heels. Other underlying conditions can also increase the risk of developing a bunion.

Hallux valgus is the most common pathology of the forefoot. It is estimated that one person in ten will develop the deformity; it is most common in women (95%).

What are the symptoms?

Hallux valgus is characterized by a gradual deviation (bony growth) at the base of the great toe. The bony bump can be swollen, tender and red, and may make wearing shoes, or walking, difficult.

How is it diagnosed?

A clinical examination is usually sufficient to diagnose the condition, along with an X-ray to determine the extent of the problem.

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