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About Hallux Valgu

We have asked a professional orthopedic doctor regarding Hallux Valgus and the split-toe La Feet Shoes line-up.

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外反母趾シューズ写真In the presence of Hallux Valgus, the toes are kind of twisted and mis-aligned at such an angle which makes this ailment painful.When the affected toes or portion is forced into normal shoes or when it hits the shoes (not having enough allowance for it to move), it where the pain is felt and starts to show.Walking becomes difficult and its influence is starting to be felt.It is initially affecting the person's walk, posture and balance which means one becomes unhealthy overall. As when one can not walk properly due to the pain felt on the toes / feet - uneasiness and discomfort is felt - the normal and healthy life is starting to get compromised just because of the pain.If left like this for long, there comes a time when the toes is going to affect and compromised the health and condition of 2nd finger next to it, affecting its function and probably would lead to additional discomfort and pain as well to the bearer of this disease.


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This ailment or disease is largely present among women and who represent 90% of the patients as widely known.One of the main reasons thought of and hypothesized is the fact that women use and wear high-heels which is giving extra pressure on the feet, especially the toes.In the west, it is a popular ailment since most people wear shoes and heels.Surgery is the most common solution but in Japan, the and history and culture of wearing shoes is very shallow, thus, the interest and awareness about this ailment or condition is very low as well.Preventive information is also very limited and few around.

 

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In theory, if we prevent the further worsening of the structure of the feet or toes and reduce the amount of pressure on the joints becoming alterrated, pain must be also minimized. If it is not a serious condition yet, proper bracing, training and exercise or even stretching to the opposite direction would generally improve the condition preventing it to worsen in the process. Prevention is really the best cure even in this case.As for the medium to serious level of development wherein pain is a large factor already, a surgery is recommended to once and for all solve the root cause of the problem.In that case, it is better to visit a specialist or doctor and have it checked up. In these past years, surgery has become popular specially for serious cases where pain is almost present in every movement.

 

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In order to prevent it, one must be aware of one's feet condition by carefully taking a look and assessment of the toes and by properly choosing the right shoes which means having some allowance and having structural support enough not to worsen the condition but at the same not entirely putting pressure on the affected joints.But in reality, most women generally choose being fashionable, thus, preferring sexy and lady-like heels over these type of preventive shoes. The key here would be to have a carefully “on” and “off” schedule where one can rest the feet and one is not wearing heels and what type of shoes is being worn during the “off” rest times.What is important is how to face the condition when it is already present and having the proper knowledge on how to prevent it from developing further. One of the best, if not the best, preventive solution is by wearing these “tabi-gata” or “split-type” of shoes during the “off” resting periods when one is not wearing heels or by wearing it as much as possible for those who show some light to mild condition of the bunions.

 

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外反母趾シューズ写真 Due to the split-toe form of the shoes, the deformity of the toes is suppressed. When you wear a La Feet pair of shoes, the toes are empowered to function independently and move freely, making you feel the push the ground and gripping power of the toes which allows a natural form of movement of the feet resulting to a achieving a “healthy walk” . Watch the Explanatory Movie here

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ust because of wearing these shoes, you can expect that it will cure or stop the pain of the existing bunions all at once.You can expect some sort of relief which comes from a more steady and “natural form” of walk and expect to prevent the further development of the Hallux Valgus.This series of shoes is best recommended to those experiencing low to mild bunion development who wish to enjoy walking.。


Pathology and Symptons of Hallux Valgus

外反母趾 Hallux Valgus or bunion is a condition where in the toe (Hallex) whose MTP joint is in sorely bent condition like the letter L (Ku in Japanese). In a normal foot, the hallux is protruding to certain extent but in the case of this so-called Hallux Valgus, the angle to which the whole joint is bent is too big causing this known ailment.The most obvious sympton of this ailment is when the toe / joint hits the inside of the shoe, pain felt in the area and there is also a protruding “bunion” joint that is observed which simply describes the condition. Because of this, there is great discomfort felt when walking using normal shoes. There is no direct correlation between the extent of the angle which the toe is bent to the amount of pain felt during movement, however if left untreated or corrected, it may greatly affect the 2nd finger and dislocate it as well over time. Hallux Valgus is majorly present in women, because of the influence of wearing high-heels among them. Due to the late adaptation of the shoe culture in Japan, the interest and awareness about this ailment is not as widespread as that of in the West and the number of patients suffering from this ailment is only expected to increase.

Treatment and Care for Hallux Valgus

Firstly, visit an orthopedic or shoe specialist doctor and have it examined using the X-ray to determine the condition. If the angle whose the toe is bent is only slight, there is no need for any major surgery and rehabilitation only might ease the pain. Conservative therapy includes proper guidance of the thumb to the correct form and position, building of a plantar plate and a therapeutic exercise is done. If the gravity is to only somewhat extent, the aggravation of pain, discomfort and deformation can be prevented. However for a more intermediate condition to which the angle of deformity is bigger than the previously described one, conservative therapy is not considered an option because there is much more pain experience while carrying out daily activities, thus, probably needing a serious surgical treatment. Surgery will be done to correct the metatarsal bone and brace it in the right form and posture. It is thought that the surgery is painful but I believe it is what it takes to really solve the ailment primarily if possible. In my experience in the past 2 years of conducting over 100 surgeries, most of the patients who have undergone it have greatly felt relief and improvement in the condition prior to the surgery. But with such cases, it is important to consult with a respected and experienced professional Doctor in the field before undergoing any surgery.

About Hallux Valgus and Jika Tabi Shoes La Feet

La Feet's unique split-toe form is able contain the toes and fingers in the right place guiding them in its natural state and positioning. When people with bunions have difficulty in putting their weight on the toe, the strain and stress is carried over the other fingers, but in the case of the La Feet, this is evenly distributed among the natural capacity of the fingers and the independent movement of the toes is made possible, thus, enabling the feet to kick or thrust the ground when making a step. In other words, it is the same feeling one gets when walking barefoot naturally. Of course, just by wearing shoes the deformity will be fixed or is guaranteed to be fixed at once, but for light to medium degrees of deviation, wearing these split-toe type of shoes can greatly provide comfort in walking and preventing further aggravation during movements.These days when the society advances and people are aging, the foot health is becoming an important aspect in maintaing an overall healthy living and lifestyle. Determing and choosing the perfect footwear that really “fits”, La Feet included, will be undoubtedly an important factor in our overall health and walking lifestyle.