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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Hallux Abducto Valgus, Hallux Abducto Valgus with Metatarsus Supremus Varus, Hallux Valgus

Bunions | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

People who know they have a tendency to form a bunion should be treated early on. Early treatment is with arch supports or custom-made foot orthotics. These supports help to manage the abnormal foot structure. Other treatments include:

  • wearing wide shoes or having shoes stretched to prevent pressure in the area of the big toe.
  • using braces to try and bring the big toe back into alignment. The braces are effective, but they are hard to wear.
  • bunion repair surgery, if other methods have failed to correct the problem.
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    There are usually no side effects with nonsurgical treatments. Surgery may cause side effects, including:

  • stomach upset from the anesthesia
  • possible allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  • possible bleeding or infection at the surgery site
  • What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Treatment is usually ongoing. It involves protecting the area to prevent symptoms or continuing to wear arch supports or foot orthotics.

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    Author: Bill O'Halloran, DPM
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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