Hallux Valgus is a chronic lateral deviation of the great toe resulting in bony overgrowth, inflammation and deformity of the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint. This is commonly referred to as a bunion.
In some cases, a fluid-filled sac or bursa could also develop over the affected joint. Without early intervention, patients suffer from severe pain and an inability to wear shoes comfortably. Most patients often face surgery.
First ray hypermobility, body habitus, metatarsal head deformity, trauma or postural defects are common causes of Hallux Valgus.
This condition often worsens with tight or ill-fitting shoes; however, the primary cause of Hallux Valgus is a chronic and untreated hyperpronated foot posture.
Improper foot posture can lead to undue stress on the forefoot causing the bones to shift medially and laterally often creating a hallux valgus deformity. This gradually contributes to the development of a bunion over time.
Patients with bunions will often present secondary complaints further up the kinetic chain, due to alterations in their gait patterns to avoid the painful hallux joint.
Once a Hallux Valgus condition has developed, the healthcare provider must begin treatment and plan for frequent re-evaluation to monitor progression and amount of achievable healing.
In addition to palliative care, footwear consultation and stretching exercises, the most efficient way to offload the hallux joint is to support the foot in its optimally corrected posture.
Offloading the damaged joint facilitates the healing process, enabling the evaluation of the extent of recovery.
MASS4D® supports the plantar aspect of the foot with full contact support throughout gait allowing for improved bodyweight distribution over the full plantar surface.
In cases where surgery is still needed, MASS4D® is the right tool to correct the biomechanical faults that caused the original problem, to ensure the condition does not re-occur.