Hallux Valgus

Over 64 million people in the US have a bunion of the 1st toe (hallux valgus deformity).  Women over 65 have a higher incidence and genetic predisposition is very common.  The exact etiology is unknown. Common risk factors include genetic predisposition, looseness of the ligaments that support the foot, pes planus (flat foot), rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive use of high heeled shoe wear and shoes with a narrow toe box. The bunion is typically accompanied by the overgrowth of the bone and tissues surrounding the big toe.  This can aggravate the condition even further.Bunion

If left untreated, the bunion can progress to a significant deformity, and the mechanics of the foot become ineffective during walking.  Specifically, the muscles in the arch lose their ability to stabilize the big toe, allowing the deformity to become worse.  With the loss of muscular stability, the big toe can partially or fully dislocate.  If this happens, surgery is the only viable option.  Exercise for the muscles of the arch can potentially slow the progression of the deformity and ease pain.  This may allow someone to avoid or at least postpone a surgical procedure.

At The Institute for Sports and Spine Rehabilitation in Plano, we offer manual therapy and a comprehensive exercise program with bunion (hallux valgus) deformity and pain.  Don’t let the condition progress.  Call us today.