How to Treat Hallux Valgus?
Modifying the shoes in the early stages is the most effective protection method. Progression of the disorder can be prevented to a great extent with soft skin, heels not exceeding 2-3 cm and wide shoes. Orthoses such as bunion pads, night splints, insoles, inter-finger rollers can never correct deformity.
Despite all these preventive methods if the pain is not relieved surgery should be the option. Following a surgery just for aesthetic concerns, the patient may have a more aesthetic but painful foot. Therefore, the most important factor for deciding surgery should be “pain”.
It would be wrong thinking of a single type of surgery when Hallux Valgus is concerned. Because Hallux Valgus is not a single disorder type or a single disease, a single type of surgery can not be performed on every Hallux Valgus case. There are more than 150 surgical techniques described in the literature for Hallux Valgus. Deciding of which is the job of the orthopedic surgeon.
The orthopedic surgeon examines the radiograph of the patient following foot examination and then takes the necessary measurements on the X-ray film and then decides for the surgery. There is no use in evaluating foot radiographs that were not taken at standing up position.