Bunions and pain at the big toe joint are common conditions seen at Kansas City Foot and Ankle. Bunions are also called hallux valgus or hallux abducto-valgus. Bunions are boney prominences on the inside of the foot behind the big toe. It may look like an enlargement of the bone, but it is the normal bone, only in an abnormal position. Over time, the big toe moves toward the other toes, which forces the bone behind it to move the other way. This produces the bump on the inside of your foot behind the big toe. The bump is called a bunion. Studies show that bunions affect men and women equally, but women are more likely to seek care for this condition. It could possibly be because the tighter, high-heeled shoes that women wear make bunions more likely to be painful.
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Pain in the Big Toe Joint
Other consequences of a long term instability of the foot may include a painful big toe joint, bone spurs on the top of the joint, and a limitation of motion at the joint. This condition is called Hallux Limitus, or Hallux Rigidus. If the foot is unstable and the metatarsal bone behind the big toe elevates excessively with every step that you take, it effects the way the joint functions. This instability causes jamming of the joint, which leads to pain, inflammation, and the eventual development of bone spurs and arthritis.
So if you have big toe pain or need a Bunion Doctor in Overland Park or a Bunion Doctor in Olathe or anywhere else in the KC area, it’s worth the trip to Kansas City Foot and Ankle for the best foot and ankle doctors.