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The cause of Hallux valgus pain

People with splay feet or weak connective tissue often suffer from a so-called bunion. This malposition of the big toe is called Hallux valgus. The Latin name for big toe is "Hallux". The usually very painful deviation to the outside of the body is known in medicine as "valgus position". In many cases, it is caused by a hereditary predisposition and is manifested by the big toe deviating outwards. The symptoms can be aggravated by permanent overloading of the feet.

An inflammation of the bursa as well as the cornification of the skin area that goes beyond this make the whole thing a real problem for those affected. The frequent wearing of high-heeled pumps or shoes with an incorrect fit additionally aggravates the Hallux valgus pain in the midfoot and is also considered one of the most common causes of Hallux valgus. In view of this, it becomes clear why women over the age of 50 in particular are also affected. Many of them started wearing high-heeled shoes at an early age - and usually for a long time. In total, more than 10 million people throughout Germany are affected by this deformation of the forefoot.

How Hallux valgus pain develops

The direction of pull of the tendons in the foot changes successively with increasing load. As a consequence, the displacement of the big toes is further forced. Often it becomes apparent that the first metatarsal bone deviates inwards, and a bunion-like structure develops. However, it is not the displacement or the accumulation of bone that is responsible for the development of the roundish deformity. Rather, the metatarsal head, which emerges upwards, is the "cause of all evil". This is because this area rubs against the shoe when walking and standing, so that painful calluses or pressure points as well as skin irritations, inflammations and even swellings can develop. Walking and rolling over the sole of the foot is severely impaired by Hallux valgus pain.

Hallux valgus pain - the far-reaching consequences

Even the neighbouring joints and metatarsals are affected. This is often referred to as claw toes or hammer toes. The resulting Hallux valgus pain is referred to as metatarsalgia. On the one hand, such a problem is a visual or cosmetic problem. On the other hand, painful pressure calluses develop, which are felt above all below the base joints of the small toes. The effects can vary from patient to patient. Depending on the intensity of the change in the position of the toes, an appropriate therapy must be carried out. Often, individually designed physiotherapy is sufficient to relieve the Hallux valgus pain. The Hallux valgus Splint from as well as healthy footwear also help to alleviate the symptoms. In case of severe and long-lasting Hallux valgus pain, however, surgery may also be necessary.

Hallux valgus Splint

Can a Hallux valgus regress?

Depending on how far the changes in the anterior metatarsal area have already progressed, it can sometimes take a very long time until the symptoms are alleviated. The fact is, however, that Hallux valgus will not disappear on its own. However, you can do something to reduce Hallux valgus pain in its early stages and stop the symptoms from getting worse. Physiotherapy proves helpful in many cases, and orthopaedic inserts in the shoes also help to minimise Hallux valgus pain. Those who also use so-called prostheses - insoles for the night - will soon experience an improvement in the problem.

What can you do for Hallux valgus pain?

Some people wait a long time before they do something about their Hallux valgus pain. In fact, in the beginning, many sufferers perceive the pain as "bearable". However, the pain worsens considerably with increased and prolonged exertion . In the advanced stage, the hallux valgus pain can also be felt at rest.

A Hallux valgus Splint is an extremely promising aid with which the malpositioning of the big toe can be compensated for, at least to some extent. The Hallux valgus Splint from Hallufix is characterised by its special patented joint splint system, which significantly improves the mobility of your foot. And it does so while walking and standing, as well as while you sleep. The painful ball of the foot is noticeably relieved so that the foot is restored to its natural shape. While classic splint models only minimise pain, the Hallux valgus Splint corrects the malposition of the joint by expanding the shrunken capsule. This means that the natural rolling movement of the foot can finally be performed again largely without pain.

Note: It is even possible to use the Hallux valgus Splint preventively. In addition, the use of the splint is recommended postoperatively to protect the foot from further possible stresses and to stabilise the resetting of the toe area that took place during the operation in the long term.

Home Remedies for Hallux valgus Pain

The development of Hallux valgus inflammation can be reduced by using an anti-inflammatory cream. Among other things, calendula ointment is recommended, as the leaves of this plant have an anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effect. You can apply the ointment directly to the affected areas of the foot. Alternatively, you can use marigold leaves from the pharmacy and squeeze out the liquid they contain. Apply it to the inflamed areas with a cloth and let it dry for a short time. Repeat the procedure as needed. Some people also rely on the healing effect of Voltaren pain gel. The main ingredient, diclofenac, is also analgesic and anti-inflammatory and helps to provide relief.

The most common last resort to reduce Hallux valgus pain is surgery. But even a Hallux valgus operation is associated with considerable subsequent pain. In fact, doctors advise surgical intervention when a certain angle is reached in the toe area, but they also point out that the subsequent recovery process can be extremely lengthy. In principle, it is therefore advisable to seek medical help before Hallux Valgus pain occurs. In the case of advanced disease progression, however, it is usually difficult to successfully treat the foot and cure Hallux valgus.