Be Pro-Active with Foot Care
Be pro-active with foot care by being alert to the symptoms of Hallux Valgus deformity.
Just as you would be alert to symptoms of some other disorder or illness, you should pay careful attention to anything out of the ordinary with your feet or toes. We tend to forget about our feet and toes, until it’s time for another trip to our favorite nail salon for a pedicure.
We forget that our feet bear the burden of our whole body whenever we are upright off the bed or couch. Once we are walking, our feet are carrying a heavy load. This makes learning the symptoms of bunions a smart, pro-active move that will pay off in your life.
This is especially so if you are a woman and you wear shoes that you know don’t really give your toes enough room. (Lots of us females just can’t resist shoes we think are sexy!) If there is a history of bunions in your family, then you must be even more alert to any changes in your feet.
You’ve maybe heard or seen the Latin term “hallux valgus.” This is the medical term for bunions that foot doctors use. If you end up talking to a doctor about your bunion pain, he will maybe use this term, especially on your paperwork for insurance.
The symptoms of hallux valgus show up in a variety of ways, but the most obvious way is the leaning of the big toe toward the other toes. If you notice that your big toe isn’t quite straight and seems to be curving toward the toe next to it, you need to become proactive right away. Don’t take the chance on thinking that you are just imagining things because of your tight shoes.
If you have any kind of pain in the metatarsophalangeal joint, which is at the base of the big toe, then you are experiencing another symptom of hallux valgus. Pain in this big toe joint, along with the turning of your big toe toward the others, no matter how slight, is a serious, almost foolproof indication of hallux valgus.
Redness in this toe area and swelling are additional symptoms that go along with the hallux valgus, although these symptoms could also be caused by other problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or hopefully something more minor, such as damage to the skin or tendons. So, in and of themselves, redness and swelling could indicate of the above mentioned problems.
Two Most Important Symptoms of Hallux Valgus Deformity
The most important symptoms that indicate the presence of hallux valgus deformity are 1) the turning of your toe and 2) pain in the metatarsophalangeal joint. Unfortunately, since this foot condition is a progressive disorder, it will get worse if you do not become proactive right away. This fact increases the importance of finding out what is really causing your symptoms. Find out if the redness and swelling are from hallux valgus, or from one the other other conditions mentioned above, each of which would also required immediate medical attention, as well. You don’t want to take any chances with your feet, which have the all-important function of supporting the rest of your body.
The genetic factor for bunions is not always emphasized enough, due to the necessary emphasis on tight shoes. Heredity plays a part when certain kinds of bone structure in the feet, such as flat feet, are inherited. So, it’s important to not forget that you are at greater risk if other people in your family suffer from this foot disorder. In this case, you must be even more vigilant and pay attention to any symptoms of hallux valgus deformity you notice.