Structural diseases of the foot cause pain, mobility problems and a reduced quality of life. This affects 60% of older adults (Dunn et al., 2004). Deformation of the big toe, especially squeezing inward or even onto the next smaller toe, is the most common condition. The name for this is Hallux Valgus and around 23% of the 18-65 year olds and more than 36% of the over 65 year olds are affected (Nix et al., 2010). A correctly positioned big toe provides stability for the transfer of body weight in motion. Incorrect position of the toe leads to excessive rolling, buckling of the knee joint, pain, injuries and ultimately ball formation.
Studies (Shine, 1965; Hannan et al., 2013; Munteanu et al., 2017) show that according to mechanical and biological laws, wearing tightly cut shoes leads to deformation of the big toe and "shoe-shaped" feet. Footwear habits can be passed down through generations, but the predisposition to deform the big toe cannot. The solution to avoiding or correcting the problem is, of course, to wear anatomically shaped shoes. Mobility is achieved through functional feet and functional feet are achieved through functional shoes.
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- Dunn, J.E., Link, C.L., Felson, D.T., Crincoli, M.G., Keysor, J.J., McKinlay, J.B. (2004). Prevalence of foot and ankle conditions in a multi-ethnic community sample of older adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 159, 491-498.
- Hannan, M.T., Menz, H.B., Jordan, J.M., Cupples, A., Cheng, C-H., Hsu, Y-H. (2013). High heritability of hallux valgus and lesser toe deformities in adult men and women. Arthritis Care & Research, 65, 1515-1521.
- Munteanu, S.E., Menz, H.B., Wark, J.D., Christie, J.J., Scurrah, K.J., Bui, M., Erbas., B., Hopper, J.L., Wluka, A.E. (2017). Hallux valgus, by nature or nurture? A twin study. Arthritis Care & Research. doi 10.1002/acr.23154.
- Nix, S., Smith, M., Vicenzino, B. Prevalence of hallux valgus in the general population: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 3, 21. Shine, I.B. (1965). Incidence of hallux valgus in a partially shoe-wearing community. British Medical Journal, 1, 1648-1650.