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Hallux Valgus and Hallux Rigidus are both progressive disorders that affect the base joint of the big toe. They are sometimes confused to be the same disorder but they different from each other in many ways. Hallux Valgus is commonly known as a bunion. A bunion happens when the big toe bends towards the rest of the toes, over time the joint of the big toe moves out place causing a large bump to appear. This can be painful and this disorder seems to occur more in woman than men. Shoes are often thought to be the culprit but they are not the cause of bunions, but of course can contribute to the factors leading up to a bunion. It is actually the mechanics of the foot that lead to a bunion; faulty mechanics of the foot can be inherited. Symptoms of a bunion are a bump on the outer part of the big toe, also soreness in the area, inflammation and burning sensations. Your doctor can x-ray your foot to officially diagnose and there are non surgical options to relieve some pain. Changing your foot ware, anti
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