Hallux Varus

Hallux varus is a deformity of the big toe joint that results in the big toe pointing outward, or away from the other toes, whereas a [term=’bunions’]bunion[/term] would cause the big toe to lean inward. Hallux varus can be congenital, or it can occur from overcorrective [term=’bunion-surgery’]bunion surgery[/term], a tight or short abductor hallucis tendon, or injury.
Aside from the direction of the toe pointing outward, symptoms of hallux varus are pain, redness, and [term=’blisters’]blisters[/term] on the toe from it rubbing against footwear. An ingrown nail on the big toe may also develop from pressure. The condition can be treated by [term=’foot-and-toe-stretching-exercises’]stretching[/term] and splinting the abductor hallucis tendon. For more severe cases, surgery can straighten the toe.