How to Deal With Hallux Varus

It is interesting to note how many medical conditions there are that involve the big toe. Contrary to what a bunion or hallux valgus does (pushing the big toe inwards towards the second and sometimes third toe), hallux varus is a deformity that results in the big toe being pushed outwards, away from the small toes. Hallus varus is more common in cultures where people do not wear shoes, but walk barefoot all the time. A study of evidence from fossilized humans in Africa over 3 million years shows footprints which indicate hallus varus. Imprints from northern Japan from 2300 BC reveal the same findings.

Symptoms of hallux varus:

  • A clear indication of the big toe leaning away from the small toes
  • Pain in the big toe joint
  • Blisters on the big toe due to friction with the shoe
  • An ingrown toenail which again is due to pressure from footwear
  • In rare instances, a dislocated toe joint

Causes of hallux varus:

  • A tight tendon
  • Congenital deformity
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma to the toe joint
  • No shoes or wearing inadequate shoes over a long period of time
  • Often due to over-corrective bunion surgery

Treatment of hallux varus:

An experienced podiatrist will take into account non-operative procedures to try and treat hallux varus:

  • Advise shoe modifications as many patients prefer simpler ways of adjusting to the problem
  • Stretch and splint the toe joint
  • However, if the above approach does not work and surgery is inevitable, the podiatrist needs to be patient and understanding while explaining the procedure to the patient

We at Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, NY, serving the Syracuse area, are very fortunate to have Dr. Ryan D’Amico, a board certified podiatrist, with us. His compassion has made him a much loved podiatrist to his patients and his commitment to his work, whether it is reconstructive foot and ankle surgery or treating corns and calluses, has made him popular with his staff and patients. If you suspect that you have developed hallus varus and wish to have it corrected, contact us at (315) 446-3668 and make an appointment to meet with Dr. D’Amico.

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