Hallux Valgus in Naples – Opt for the expertise of a French surgeon
Suffering from hallux valgus in Naples? Dr. Julien Lopez welcomes you to one of his French clinics in Cannes or Nice.
Hallux Valgus Surgery in Naples: Definition and Symptoms of the Condition
Dr. Julien Lopez does not perform hallux valgus surgery in Naples but in France. The surgeon advises you on the management of your condition.
Hallux valgus is a foot condition characterized by a deformity of the big toe. It involves an abnormal deviation of the big toe towards the outside (toward the second toe) associated with an inward deviation of the first metatarsal inside the foot. The joint between the metatarsal and the first phalanx of the big toe becomes very prominent, forming a bump on the inner edge of the front of the foot.
In addition to being aesthetically unpleasing, hallux valgus causes pain. The pain initially occurs during extended walking and then during daily activities. It can intensify over time and be present even at rest.
The deformed and protruding area rubs against the shoe and can cause pain and calluses (thickening of the skin). The repeated friction between the foot and the shoe can lead to inflammation in the metatarsophalangeal joint (known as bursitis), making it red, warm, and painful.
Hallux valgus is a deformity that worsens over time. As time goes on, the foot deforms as a whole, making walking difficult. The patient walks by shifting their weight onto the lateral toes. Corns and calluses then appear, and the pain intensifies. In the advanced stages of hallux valgus, the first toe collides with the next one, and the other toes tend to curl into claws.
In the case of hallux valgus, it is advisable to consult a foot surgeon promptly to prevent the deformity from worsening. Severe deformity is more challenging to treat than mild deformity. If you experience discomfort or pain while walking, contact a foot surgeon as soon as possible.
Dr. Julien Lopez specializes in foot and ankle pathology surgery and sports traumatology. With many years of experience, the surgeon provides quality management of hallux valgus.
Dr. Julien Lopez systematically conducts a thorough clinical examination of the foot to determine the severity and extent of the deformity. In addition, the hallux valgus surgeon in Naples and Nice may prescribe medical imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to obtain more detailed images of the bone and joint structure of the foot. Thanks to this approach, Dr. Julien Lopez can recommend the most suitable treatment, whether it is conservative treatment or surgery.
Conservative treatment is the first-line treatment.
In the case of hallux valgus, several non-surgical treatments are possible:
- For the presence of corns and calluses, pedicure care may be prescribed.
- Toe orthoses or orthopedic insoles.
- Pain-relief and anti-inflammatory treatments.
- Footwear adaptation. In the case of hallux valgus, it is advisable to wear wide shoes and avoid high-heeled and narrow shoes.
If conservative treatment is unsuccessful, hallux valgus surgery will be considered.
Discover how hallux valgus surgery is performed in Naples, as well as in Nice. When possible, Dr. Lopez prefers to use the percutaneous technique.
Minimally invasive hallux valgus surgery is a modern surgical approach aimed at correcting the deformity while minimizing incisions and tissue aggression. It contrasts with open surgery, which generally requires large incisions.
The goal of the procedure is to restore the alignment of the bones in the big toe joint by eliminating the deviation and the bunion.
Potential advantages of this surgical technique include fast recovery, reduced post-operative pain, and smaller scars. However, the percutaneous technique cannot be used in all cases. The decision to opt for this method depends on the severity of the deformity and the advice of the hallux valgus specialist in Naples and Nice.
Dr. Julien Lopez does not provide post-operative care for hallux valgus surgery in Naples but in Nice or Cannes.
Once the surgical procedure is completed, the surgeon will visit your room to explain the instructions to follow and the steps to take.
You must keep the dressing applied by the surgeon until your next appointment (21 days). During this time, no dressing care is necessary.
Dr. Julien Lopez prioritizes pain management. The use of local-regional anesthesia eliminates pain in the hours following hallux valgus surgery.
Once the effects of anesthesia wear off, a pain-relief treatment will be initiated. It is important to follow the surgeon's recommendations and not allow the pain to set in.
Walking with an orthopedic shoe is allowed as soon as you leave the clinic. It is recommended not to walk for more than 30 minutes during the first few days after surgery. Also, remember to keep your foot elevated.
You can resume normal footwear after 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery.
If you have questions about hallux valgus surgery, you can contact Dr. Julien Lopez's office by phone at 06 71 00 19 23 or by email at email@example.com