Hallux Varus Treated by Expert Foot Surgeons in Baltimore

Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy - Baltimore

The surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy in Baltimore specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of big toe deformities, such as hallux varus. Dr. Mark Myerson pioneer the surgical procedure now commonly used to correct hallux varus.

About the Condition

Hallux varus is a condition in which the big toe begins to deviate away from the midline of the foot. Hallux varus most commonly develops after the failure of a previous bunion surgery. There are other conditions that may lead to hallux varus including trauma, removal of a sesamoid bone from the big toe joint and some forms of arthritis.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Hallux varus symptoms include the deviation of the big toe and pain. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot deformities can diagnose hallux varus by taking a medical history and conducting a physical exam of the foot.

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Treatment Options

The treatment of hallux varus depends on the severity of the condition. If the deformity is mild and the toe remains flexible, no treatment is required. If the toe begins to deviate considerably and is becoming stiff, then surgery usually is required. Correction depends on the flexibility of both joints of the big toe and whether or not arthritis is present.

Often, a tendon transfer is performed. Tendons are shifted around the big toe to straighten it and maintain flexibility. One of the more popular operations, the extensor hallucis brevis transfer procedure, used by surgeons today is a specially designed transfer of a tendon of the big toe designed by Dr. Mark Myerson.

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