Hallux valgus is the medical term for a bunion deformity involving the large big toe joint. In the simplest terms, a bunion is a partial dislocation of the joint at the base of the big toe. Despite what a bunion looks like, it is not an abnormal growth of bone or a tumor. Any joint in the body that is partially or completely dislocated cannot function normally until it is corrected.
The most common toe deformities are hammer toes, claw toes, and bone spurs. These involve the lesser toes (2nd through 5th toes). In a hammer toe, the toe is bent at the middle knuckle of the toe, while in a claw toe the toe is bent at both the middle knuckle and tip of the toe. A bone spur can occur anywhere on the toes. They develop because the skin is being crushed and irritated between the bones in your toes and your shoe.
This condition occurs when the toenail cuts into the surrounding skin. This may be due to a congenital curving of the nail, improper trimming, high heeled shoes, too narrow shoes, or toe deformities such as a bunion or overlapping toes that cause increased pressure on neighboring toes. Changes in the nail due to previous trauma or fungus in the nail may also contribute to ingrown nails.
Laser Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete’s foot). The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.
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