Inflammatory Exostosis Frequency and Treatment

Inflammatory ExostosisInflammatory exostosis is actually an inflammation of the bursa which covers the bone exofiliation on the joint at the base of the toe.

It is usually caused by a minor disorder known as hallux valgus. “Hallux” is a medical term for the toe. If the toe, due to the natural growth or the action of a force “strengthens” over one or more fingers, the disorder is called hallux valgus. This usually happens to persons with hereditary weakness of the joints in the toes, and the condition worsens by wearing uncomfortable footwear (especially high heels and shoes). Due to the deformity, the bone base of the distorted toe protrudes out of the normal line of the feet creating an ugly swelling. When this swelling rubs the inner part of the shoe, the skin on the thumb gets harder and thicker, creating a blister.


These swellings are frequent, but usually do not cause interference. Deformation is 3 times more common in women and is usually inherited.


Sometimes the constant pressure of tight shoes can cause painful bursitis below the pressure point. In addition, arthrosis is likely to develop early on the affected joint.

What to do?

If the swelling begins to cause an interference, contact a doctor who will probably send you an orthopedist.


Self-help: always wear appropriate footwear so that your fingers have enough space. You can reduce the pressure on the inflammed bone exofiliation and thereby contribute to treatment by cutting the hole in the upper part of the old shoe that you will have to wear until the inflammation is gone.

Professional help: orthopedists will usually treat inflammation of bone exofiliation. If you have a heavy form of hallux valgus, you will be advised to perform a toe straightening operation.
In most cases, after the surgery, the foot must be in the gypsum for up to two months. Because of pain and disruption after surgery, the doctor will probably recommend surgery only if bone exofiliation causes unbearable problems.