In this video, we will discuss hallux valgus. Hallux valgus is the deviation of the great toe towards the lesser toes. This does not always result in pain. But pain is common when wearing tight-fitting or inappropriate footwear such as heels. Those who do experience pain typically get tenderness and redness at the outer border of the joint, progressing the pain at the top and bottom of the joint or with movement of the toe.
One of the conservative treatments for hallux valgus is a night splint. This works to straighten the great toe at night, decreasing pressure on the joint and reducing stress on the ligaments surrounding it. Second, ensuring that footwear is wide enough at the forefoot to decrease excess pressure on this area. Bunions stretching the shoe is a great option to accommodate this deformity.