Hallux varus surgery may be needed to correct a big toe that begins to drift away from the four other small toes. Learn about the procedure below!
Hallux varus is essentially the exact opposite of a bunion. The toe buckles to form a cavity at the base of the big toe joint whereas a a bunion buckles out; in a bunionthe big toe moves toward the little toes whereas in hallux varus the big toe moves away from the little toes and there is a noticeable space in between the big toe and the 2nd toe.
Hallux varus occurs as a young child in the form of congenital hallux varu. It may also result as an adult after an injury or as a complication of a bunion surgery. Hallux varus as a result of a surgery occurs between 1-5% of all bunion surgeries depending on when it is noticed.
Iatrogenic Hallux Varus:
If the hallux varus is noticed quickly before the soft tissue deformity becomes permanent, it can almost always be splinted back into place with:
If the hallux varus has been present for many years it usually becomes rigid and permanent unless surgery can be performed.