Conditions > Bunions Brian James Tracey

Bunions, referred to in the medical community as Hallux Valgus, are one of the most common forefoot problems. A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the foot. With the continued movement of the big toe towards the smaller toes, it is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe. This causes a common forefoot condition called Hammer or Claw Toes (Flexion Deformity). Some of the symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the big toe. The discomfort commonly causes a patient to walk improperly.

  • Bunions - Misaligned big toe joints which can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes.
  • Bunions tend to be hereditary and can be a result of over-pronation. Bunions can be further aggravated by shoes that are too narrow in the forefoot and toe.

Treatment: Surgery by a orthopaedic/podiatric physician is frequently recommended to correct the problem.  Further development can be limited by an orthotic to control over-pronation.