Mr John McKinley, Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB BMSc(Hons) FRCS(Orth)

Hallux Valgus

The medical term for bunions is Hallux Valgus. A bunion occurs when the big toe bends towards the second toe, which cause several problems. The joint of the big toe becomes prominent and can rub on your shoe, creating the characteristic ‘bunion’. This can become red and painful and often makes it difficult to find comfortable shoes. As the toe bends outwards it is common to develop problems in the second toe, which may stick upwards and become painful. The aim of corrective bunion surgery is to straighten the big toe thereby reducing pain from your bunion.

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