What is Hallux?

Hallux, also known as a bunion, is a painful deformity of the metatarsal-phalangeal joint of the big toe. It appears as a deviation of the big toe, hence the colloquial term for this ailment being "hallux valgus". Hallux appears in approximately 4% of people, but the problem affects mostly women - statistics show that women suffer from hallux up to 9 times more than men!

What causes Hallux?

Many people do not realize that crooked toes may be the consequence of wearing the wrong footwear or being overweight, so maybe it is our own fault for the appearance of this painful foot deformity. The most common causes of hallux include:

  • Genetics

  • Obesity

  • Working long hours in a standing position

  • Wearing poorly fitted shoes

  • Wearing high-heeled shoes, especially those with narrow toes

  • How does the Hallu Forte work?

    The Hallu Forte correction device is a painless way of adjusting the position of the big toe, returning it back to its correct place. Its special design enforces proper motion of the joint and therefore heals hallux ailments. The Hallu Forte corrector is made of a special orthopaedic plastic that adapts to any size of foot and does not cause any allergies or blisters.

    How to use Hallu Forte?

    The best results are obtained by wearing the device for a full twenty four hours, but it is possible to wear the Hallu Forte device only in the night time or during your free time.

    Exercises for Hallux Valgus

    Hallux valgus is a condition in which the big toe of the foot curves out and then back in toward the second toe. This creates a bunion. Wearing wider shoes to make room for the protrusion may be enough to deal with the problem, but often surgery is needed to correct the misalignment. Exercises without surgery may reduce symptoms, but exercises after surgery are necessary for rehabilitation.

    Dorsiflexing the Big Toe

    Dorsiflexing the big toe is a passive range-of-motion exercise for hallux valgus. To perform the dorsiflexing the big toe exercise, sit on the floor or a chair. Straighten the leg with the bunion. Dorsiflex your ankle by bending your ankle toward your shin. Bend forward and grasp your big toe with the arm on the same side as the leg with hallux valgus. Pull your big toe back as far as you are able to dorsiflex your toe. Repeat up to 30 times, or otherwise as directed by your physical therapist. You may do this exercise for both feet if you have bunions on both or simply as a preventive measure.

    Ankle Dorsiflexion with Band

    The ankle dorsiflexion exercise strengthens the ankles and lower leg muscles, unlike the big toe exercise that stretches and elongates the toe. You will need an exercise band such as a thera-band and someone to hold the band for you to perform this exercise. Sit on the floor with your legs straight to begin. Place your hands on the floor at your sides and use your arms to hold your back straight. Place the center of the band on the top of your forefoot with your toes slightly pointed. Have a friend sit on the floor in front of you and hold the ends of the band at floor level. Next, pull your toes away from your friend and the ends of the band. You should get resistance from the band if your workout partner is holding it tight. Point your toes slightly to complete an ankle dorsiflexion.

    Quadriceps Sitting

    The quadriceps sitting exercise is a rehabilitative exercise for post-hallux valgus surgery. The quadriceps sitting exercise is performed lying down. Straighten both your legs. Your arms go next to your sides on the bed. Then, push the back of your knee with the bunion down into the bed and lift your heel slightly toward the ceiling. You should feel your quadriceps contract. Hold the exercise for five seconds and then rest for five seconds. Complete a total of 10 repetitions, unless otherwise directed. The University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine recommends performing this exercise hourly after surgery. Perform four sets of this exercise every day post-surgery.


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