Hallux valgus

A deformity of the big toe in which the joint at the base projects out from the foot, and the top of the toe turns inwards. The condition is more common in women, because it is usually associated with wearing narrow, pointed, high-heeled shoes, but it may be caused by an inherited weakness in the joint. A hallux valgus often leads to formation of a bunion or to osteoarthritis in the joint, causing pain and limiting foot movement. Severe deformity may be corrected by osteotomy or arthrodesis.


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