Friday, 18 April 2008

Hallux Valgus

A fencing athlete was seen with her big toes (hallux) turned outwards (valgus), hence crowding into her second toe. She was lucky as she did not have any symptoms of pain usually seen in the prominent bunions. Gymnasts and dance athletes often suffered from painful bunions. She could consider using nights splints for the big toe, taping during training and some icing after training to assist her. If she wanted something off-training, she could buy a broad forefoot footwear and use a silicone gel spacing device between the toes.

Just don't wear the toe spreader to run or play badminton or table-tennis. You might get really bad blisters.

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