Hallux AbductoValgus (Bunions)


Hallux AbductoValgus (HAV) or bunions are the deformity of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint (Big toe joint)

Bunions cause a sideways deviation of the great toe towards the lesser toes.  This increased angle and associated destabilisation of the plantar plate leads to the great toe either sitting over or under the 2nd toe.

A Bunion can start for a number of reasons:

  • Familial factors (Genetics – Bone shape, ligament laxity)
  • Footwear – Poor/Ill fitting footwear
  • Biomechanics (The way you walk)
  • Activity / Hobbies (Ballet)
  • Occupation
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Trauma

Once the deformity begins it is usually a progressive problem, therefore early assessment and intervention is recommended.

Treatment varies depending on Age, Activity, Foot function among other factors.

Our knowledgeable Podiatrists can perform a full history and assessment to help guide you with a customised treatment plan to help you stabilise and reduce further deformity from your Bunions.

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