Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
A Bunion is generally considered as an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. Bunions are a progressive disorder, beginning with a leaning of the big toe towards the others, gradually changing the angle of the bone and production of a characteristic prominent bump. Hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus (HAV) is the name used for the deviated position of the big toe and a bunion refers to the enlargement of that joint. Bunions can become painful, and in many cases arthritis and stiffness can eventually develop.