What is Hallux Valgus?
“Hallux Valgus”, refers to the drifting or inward tilting of the hallux (big toe) towards the second toe. In severe cases, the hallux (big toe) continues in a slanting fashion, eventually either overlapping or under-lapping the subsequent lesser toes. This misalignment then becomes the culprit of a variety of joint and muscle pains branching all the way up through the body.
What causes Hallux Valgus?
One of the primary causes of hallux valgus is thought to be the weakening of the abductor hallucis muscle. Which stems from the pressure applied from wearing both socks and shoes.
The pressure placed on the big toe forces it to turn inwards, which causes the abductor hallucis muscle to weaken. The ligaments become stretched and tired, and are left with insufficient strength to return to their original position.
Symptoms of Hallux Valgus depending on severity:
- Aesthetic problems.
- Callus formations, persistent irritation of the skin.
- Pain when weight is applied and when moving.
- Frequently stumble for no reason
- Fluid accumulation in the knees
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Pain or discomfort of the ankles, knees and hip joints
- Progressive arthritis and rigidity in the joint at the base of the toe.
- Deformities such as hammer toe, claw toe and bunions.
Classification of hallux valgus deformity
2 Second Hallux Valgus Test
What is a Bunion?
Bunions often said to be another name for Hallux Valgus, but they are in fact not one and the same. Bunions are the bony, fluid filled bump that develops at the base of the great toe as a direct result of deformation of the big toe (Hallux Valgus).
The inflammation and swelling of the bunions can cause great discomfort for the sufferer, depending on the severity. It can make even the simplest tasks, like walking a painful endeavor. The skin and deeper tissue around the bunion also may become swollen or inflamed.
- Redness, swelling and inflammation surrounding the big toe joint.
- A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe.
- Pain radiating through the joint and into the ball of the foot.
- Corns or calluses formation around the big toe and ball of the foot.
- Restricted movement of your big toe.
- Thickening of the skin at the base of your toes.
You can prevent bunions by bringing the big toe back back into the normal position it should be, by wearing a “Bochikun” daily. Just try it for a month and you will notice the difference.