What Is the Treatment for Hallux Valgus?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What is the condition where the big toe curves into the second toe and causes a corn to develop on the second toe? Is the bone deformity of the big toe correctable?

Doctor's response

This condition is referred to as valgus deformity of the great toe or hallux valgus. Hallux valgus is commonly associated with bunion deformity of the base of the big toe as a result of degenerative arthritis there. It can be corrected with surgical repair.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018