We see many patients in the office who come in because of a bunion. A bunion deformity is a hereditary progressive disorder of the foot. The corrrect medical term for this condition is Hallux abducto-valgus. The deformity occurs along the side of the big toe joint. Most patients that present to the office with this problem assume that the bunion was caused by their activities or choice of shoes. Some think that the bunion is a knot of bone sticking out of the side of their foot.
While choice of shoes and activities can result in pain from the bunion, they are not the actual case. When questioning the patient they usually recall a parent or grandparent that had the same problem. It is rare that the bunion is just a growth of bone on the side of the foot. A bunion deformity is typically a dislocation of the joint between the first toe and the first metatarsal.
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