What is Hallux Interphalangeus?

Hallux Varus is a condition affecting the big toe. As opposed to a bunion, which causes the big toe to point inward toward the other toes, hallux varus causes the big toe to point away from the other toes.

This is a condition where the big toe has abnormally deviated towards the inside of the foot (unlike Hallux Valgus where the toe deviates to the outside of the foot).

What are the symptoms of Hallux Varus?

Patients will often complain of difficulty in wearing closed shoes, ulceration or callosities on the inside of the toe, pain over the lesser toes or over the main big toe joint. It is most commonly seen after trauma, as a natural genetic variant or a result of an overcorrection of hallux valgus.

How is Hallux Varus diagnosed?

Clinical examination and X-rays will demonstrate the deformity but a good history from an expert Foot and Ankle specialist will normally identify the underlying cause.

How is Hallux Varus treated?

Footwear adaptation and splinting can improve the symptoms that the patient experiences. Surgical solutions can be split into movement preserving or sacrificing. Realigning the toe but maintaining movement can be attempted through either osteotomies (bone surgery) or soft tissue procedures. A more reliable option is that of joint fusion but the trade-off to this is that most movement of the toe will be lost.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain across their lower limbs or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of knee-related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of foot & ankle -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle conditions click the button below to find out more


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle treatments click the button below to find out more

our specialist FOOT & ANKLE consultants

Foot & ankle care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is lead by Mr Tim Sinnett. A graduate of Cambridge and Imperial College medical schools and leading academic and trauma consultant for Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust. He is further supported by the orthopaedic team here including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of foot and ankle concerns utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

MBBS (AICSM), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Tim is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VIIs Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. His high volume Adult Foot and Ankle practice is made up of all aspects of ankle, hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot pathology. He is an avid believer in patient empowerment and autonomy, especially when decisions regarding surgery are required. Ensuring a high-quality patient journey from the first assessment to full rehabilitation is at the heart of his practice.

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