The clinical picture is represented mainly by a deformation of the first metatarsophalangeal joint, which looks sore and swollen. In some cases, the alterations of the joint sore, you can associate a functional limitation, which compromises the dynamics of the foot. At the level of the bony protuberance on the outer edge of the foot, the skin shows redness or hyperkeratosis (thickening of the epithelial layer of the skin). These symptoms can also affect the fingers together (as when the big toe is superimposed on the second toe). Many people experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disorder; these often become apparent when the disorder tends to worsen gradually, especially if you wear certain types of shoes that do not fit the foot (shoes with narrow tip and / or with high heels).
When symptoms of hallux valgus appear, they may include:
Pain in the affected area, even at rest;
Redness, swelling and numbness;
Thickening of the skin, appearing tough and calloused;
Changes to the overall shape of the foot;
Difficulty walking (because of pain).
Help may also provide it with some practical exercises , such as walking barefoot for home or stimulate circulation foot sliding the foot on a stick or a tennis ball , obviously doing careful to keep your balance . Antinflammatory creams to be applied in the area, footbaths with coarse salts.
You should in any case contact your doctor to assess the stage of advancement of the disease , in severe cases may need surgery.