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Focus on Bunions – What exactly is a Bunion?

By | February 24th, 2020 | Foot care


male bunion

The origin of the word comes from the early 18th Century, derived from the old French word buigne meaning “bump on the head ”.
A more modern meaning is “a painful swelling on the first joint of the big toe” (metatarsophalangeal joint).

The correct medical term for a bunion is Hallux valgus which describes the
movement of the Hallux or “big toe” towards the second toe leading to dislocation of this joint and giving rise to
a bunion.
The same dislocation can also occur over the joint of the fifth toe forming a bunionette.

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