Foot Bunions Procedures
As the big toes joint has moved, it crowds the second toe so that it is bent upwards, usually resembling a claw. The deformity of the second toe is called a hammer toe. This often causes a corn on top of the toe due to pressure from the shoe. Hallux valgus tends to run in families and is more common in women. Shoes with a narrow pointed toe box and high heeled shoes contribute to the problem, according to some experts.After surgery, the foot has to heal for several weeks (at least) before the patient can walk easily and wear shoes comfortable.Persistent pain is the key reason for surgery. Operating on painless bunions so the toe looks better can give disappointing results. This is called orthopaedic cosmetic surgery.
Dr Peter Smith, Mediclinic Milnerton, Cape Town
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