I am often told that bunions are a common complaint in podiatric practice, but I am not sure that this is actually true! Hallux valgus on the other hand is incredibly common, the associated soft tissue swelling, or bunion, is much less common thankfully. Is this possibly because footwear is generally better designed, being softer and wider, accommodating the medial eminence? Also there are fewer constraints from society on what is an acceptable style of footwear for every day activity. The truth is that we are a little lazy and call all bumps around the big toe “bunions”.
Since not all cases of HV deformity become severe, there may be a threshold up to which the forces deforming the joint can be opposed by other anatomic structures. When forces greater than the threshold occur, the joint becomes deformed. It is possible that such progression occurs rapidly rather than worsening steadily over several years 1,2,6. There are many retrospective studies but very few prospective, randomized trials evaluating these procedures. A systematic review identified 15 randomized trials concerned with surgical correction of the deformity 37. Although patient satisfaction with surgical correction ranges from 50 to 90 percent, the trend is toward greater satisfaction as surgical techniques have improved.
In case of a very bad bunion, you may have to undergo bunion surgery to correct bunions permanently. But bunion surgery is always the last resort in case of bunion treatment. Podiatrist mostly advise bunion splints as a common bunion treatment. Splints won’t cure bunion completely but help a lot in bunion relief. If the bunion pain is unbearable or posing problems while walking in extreme cases, then the podiatrist may advise bunion surgery. Hallus valgus is a condition which requires treatment. It will not heal without treatment. Surgical treatment is more beneficial than conservative treatment in improving the outcome.
Today? One thing I did notice is that during this crippling time, I had tons of headaches. Finally once my foot stopped hurting really bad I shoved it in a low 1″ heel. Then graduated to a 2″ heel and up to a 3 1/2″. It hurt real bad just to slide it into a shoe, much less a heel, but it forced the foot or toe to adjust. I don’t wear heels often, I just used them to try and get my toe to bend again so I could walk.
Foot pain is a leading cause of immobility among adults and often is preventable. In many cases, the complications with foot pain are attributed to swelling and inflammation in the tendons of the foot, a condition referred to as foot tendonitis. If you are suffering from immobility attributed to foot tendonitis, it is important to inquire about the use of natural treatment solutions including friction massage. The Scarf Procedure has been performed to the 1st metatarsal with soft tissue release to correct the Hallux valgus deformity. A Weil Osteotomy was performed to the lesser toes to realign the toes and correct the deformities)