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Like the majority of diseases of the locomotor system, the hallux valgus causes pain and can occasionally affect the mobility of the patient, worsening their quality of life.
The reason, location, and intensity of the pain of a hallux valgus changes throughout the evolution of the disease.
Although in principle, the patient can specifically locate the pain in the bunion, the location of this pain is usually temporary. After a time, this tends to ease and move towards the region of the central metatarsals, which may or may not be associated with irritative symptoms of the inter-digital nerves (space between the third and fourth toe) as an electrical sensation or shock. This pain is known as metatarsalgia.
Sometimes the discomfort that the rubbing of the small toes produces when these are deformed into a claw or a hammer (abnormal curving of the toe, normally those adjacent to the big toe) is added to that of the metatarsalgia.