Hallux Valgus, Hallux Abducto Valgus & Bunions
Hallux valgus is a condition that is often congenital (a genetic gift from our parents), however may become more severe with time.
If not causing any pain or discomfort, a hallux valgus does not require treatment. This being said, it can cause some biomechanical changes which will cause pain in other structures both in the foot and ankle as well as further up the body. Not everytime, but in some cases, that is.
The management will depend on the nature of your symptoms; some symptoms may require advice on lifestyle and changes to footwear. Other management strategies might include padding strategies, taping, foot exercises, orthotics, steroid injections, routine chiropody and possibly a referral for surgery.
Please note, it is incredibly difficult (for all intents and purposes: impossible) to 'reverse' a bunion without having surgery. The use of night splints has been found to be helpful in children under the age of ~14, but otherwise benefits are limited.
Quite frequently described as being a bunion, this is a progressive change of shape where the big toe joint pushes outwards from the rest of the foot.