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Hallux valgus surgery

Orthopedic practice Dr. Lemme
in Berlin-Charlottenburg

Hallux valgus surgery in Berlin

Experience from over 10,000 foot surgeries

Our orthopedic practice in Berlin-Westend, headed by specialist Dr. medical Alexander Lemmé combines the experience of more than 10,000 surgical operations on foot and ankle. Trust our trained hands and let us carry out your hallux valgus surgery. Please contact us to make an appointment for a detailed initial consultation.

Everything you need to know about hallux valgus

The medical term hallux valgus refers to the pathological crooked position of the big toe. With this foot malposition, the tendons of the toe no longer run centrally over the joint, but further to the side, pushing the toe into an imbalanced position. The ball of the big toe is now also affected and clearly protrudes. Painful inflammation often develops in the forefoot due to the increased pressure from wearing shoes. The adjacent toes react with misalignments and atrophy into so-called hammer or claw toes.

Pain when walking and running

Those affected not only suffer from calluses and the appearance of the "deformed" foot, but above all from pain. The further the stage is advanced, the more problems occur when walking and running. This can become a real pain.

Usually, the crooked toe does not go away on its own and orthopedic insoles or shoes often only help to a limited extent. Therefore, depending on the severity, surgical intervention to correct the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe is medically necessary in many cases.

Causes of hallux valgus

Hallux valgus can be inherited and the result of a splayfoot and unhealthy footwear.


If the longitudinal arch of the foot - the arch of the sole on the inside of the foot in front of the ball - is flattened, this is referred to as flatfoot.

This flattening leads to a widening of the transverse arch and the ball of the foot. The distance between the metatarsal bones increases and the position of the big toe changes. A new angular position causes the big toe to become crooked. Affected people usually complain about a strong feeling of tightness in their shoes.

“Unhealthy” shoes

A healthy foot is characterized by a slight spread of the toes. However, this natural characteristic is affected by tight stockings or the wrong shape of shoes. Either the toes are always close together or the ball of the foot suffers from increased pressure as a result.

Women in particular are at risk here: as soon as the heel height exceeds four centimeters, the toes have no room to move because the toes are too narrow and the shoe size is too small. A permanent deformation of the foot is often inevitable.

Surgical treatment of hallux valgus and other issues with feet

Once the foot deformity has occurred, neither rest nor physiotherapy help to regress the crooked toe, the unsightly frostbite or the crooked claw toe. Only surgical intervention can help with these symptoms.

Thanks to the specialization and our outstanding expertise in foot and ankle surgery, we are able to remove hallux valgus without complications. Our orthopedist and trauma surgeon Dr. Alexander Lemmé has conducted more than 7000 surgeries.

In addition to hallux valgus, we treat the following diseases in our surgical practice:

  • hallux valgus
  • Hallux rigiduss
  • metatarsalgia
  • osteotomy
  • heel spur
  • hammer toes
  • claw toes
  • tailor bale
  • deformities

Surgical procedure and duration of treatment

Every patient is unique, but usually the treatment and surgery for hallux valgus proceed as follows

  • Initial consultation & diagnosis
  • Inpatient surgery in the clinic (Havel Clinic)
  • Day 1 to 2 after the operation: restricted bed rest in the hospital
  • Day 4 to 6 after the operation: taking care of the foot at home
  • Days 7 to 13 after the operation: regular check-ups including changing of the bandage
  • Day 14 after surgery: change to slim (special) orthopedic shoes
  • Day 15 to 27 after surgery: physiotherapy
  • Day 28: X-ray check up & final consultation

Find out more in our video about the treatment of hallux valgus patients by our specialist and

foot specialist Dr. Alexander Lemme. With him your feet are in the best hands!

Foot surgery and hallux valgus surgery

Treatment for medical or aesthetic reasons

Personal advice

We advise those affected to undergo treatment for hallux valgus in order to rid themselves of this painful ailment by means of an operation. Make an appointment now for a confidential initial consultation about the operation and the therapy in our orthopedic practice at Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Both, statutory health insurance patients and private patients are welcome