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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.
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.
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.
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.