Hallufix splint, gel side cushion, toe- and metatarsal strap. Can be worn on left or right foot.
In orthopaedics, Hallux Valgus (“bunion“, “bunion pain“) denotes one of the most common, especially among women, malpositioning of the foot (in Germany around 10 million people). The big toe moves outwardly and the corresponding metatarsal bone and metatarsal capitulum (ball of the toe) protrude. At first only a cosmetic problem, serious discomfort can develop in time. Inflammation and swelling of the ball (metatarsal capitulum), incorrect loading and initial joint attrition (arthrosis) lead to strong and continuous pain. Patients suffering from Hallux Valgus will either be treated conservatively (Hallux Valgus splints) or surgically, depending on the degree of severity. Timely and prophylactic wearing of a Hallux Valgus Splint can clearly protact or even prevent an operation.
The Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint was developed by scientists and orthopaedists for pain relief and correction of big toe malpositioning (“bunion pain”, medical term: Hallux valgus). This hinged splint corrects toe malpositioning demonstrably, protects and relieves the painful bunion and supports the entire foot while walking. The splint is easily put on and can be worn left or right. The particular advantage of Hallufix: Unlike traditional rigid Hallux valgus night splints, this patented splint system can be worn during the day under load (while walking). By means of an integrated joint next to the bunion, the natural flexibility of the base joint of the big toe is retained while wearing the splint. And: due to the flat design the splint fits smoothly into almost any walking shoe. The Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint offers protection and correction of feet affected by Hallux valgus at anytime and anywhere.
The Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint returns the foot to its natural shape, protects and relieves the painful bunion. By means of the splint worn on the big toe, the shrunken soft parts (capsule) of the base joint of the big toe are expanded and the progressive malpositioning of the joint is corrected. Via the system of splint, metatarsal and toe bandage, the foot is stabilised and incorrect loading corrected. With the aid of the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint, a foot deformed by Hallux Valgus can perform the natural flexing action free of pain. Furthermore, the transversal arch support puts the transversal arch upright again. The splayfoot (a very frequent concomitant of the toe malpositioning Hallux Valgus) is effectively supported by it while wearing the splint. Advantage: the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint combines the corrective function of a Hallux Valgus night splint and the supporting function of an arch support for the metatarsal arch in a single product.
The Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint can be used prophylactically for mild to medium Hallux valgus as well as after a Hallux valgus operation.
Prophylactical use of the Hallufix® Aid Splint:
Initially considered merely a blemish, bunions can cause an increasing amount of pain in the course of time. In the case of a mild to medium-severe development of bunion (Hallux Valgus), regular wear of the Hallufix® Hallux Valgus Splint eases the pain and counteracts further aggravation of big toe malpositioning.
Studies confirm that the Hallufix® Bunion Aid orthosis is an effective device in correcting incorrect loading of the foot in the case of mild to medium-severe and not yet rigid Hallux Valgus malpositioning.
The Hallufix® Bunion Aid application following a Hallux valgus surgery:
Following a Hallux Valgus surgery a conservative aftertreatment with an orthosis is generally recommended in order to stabilize the surgical adjustment of the toe. The Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint optimally aids securing the result of the surgery and protects the foot even under load while walking. An early mobilisation is possible. Frequently, wearing bulky special shoes can be avoided. The postoperative rehab phase is shortened!
What are the advantages of the Hallufix® Bunion Aid compared to traditional night splints?
the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint – corrects the malpositioning of the big toe not only during rest but also while walking and standing.
the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint – supports the foot with every step.
the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint – can be used prophylactically or postoperatively.
the Hallufix® Bunion Aid Splint – shortens post-operative rehab time.
Whe an how often should I wear the splint
We recommend wearing the splint regularly at night. Hardly noticed the splint corrects optimally while sleeping. Additionally, you can also wear the Hallufix® Hallux Valgus Splint for 2-3 hours during the day. For example, in socks during housework or in comfort shoes with a wide foot area. At the beginning we recommend to wear the splint hourly.
- Hallux valgus is considered to involve the following:
Hallux valgus is considered to involve the following:
Medial deviation of the first metatarsal
Lateral deviation and/or rotation of the hallux
Prominence, with or without medial soft-tissue enlargement of the first metatarsal head
This condition can lead to painful motion of the joint and difficulty with footwear.
In the 19th century, the prevalent understanding of the bunion—hallux valgus—was that it was purely an enlargement of the soft tissue, first metatarsal head, or both, most commonly caused by ill-fitting footwear. Thus, treatment had varying results, with controversy over whether to remove the overlying bursa alone or in combination with an exostectomy of the medial head.
Because many surgeons considered these surgeries to be beneath them, a fuller understanding of the pathology of hallux valgus was slow to develop. Gradually, surgeons began to recognize that bunions could develop as a result of numerous different factors, that they tended to be familial, and that they often were associated with other foot deformities.
Since its inception, the Reverdin procedure has undergone many variations and modifications, including the addition of lateral releases and proximal osteotomies, in an effort to address deformity. Indeed, more than 100 procedures have been developed for the correction of hallux valgus. However, many were developed out of ignorance; some are even repetitions of previous procedures, with inconsistent rates of failure and success. Surgeons continue to reevaluate osteotomy for the treatment of hallux valgus to determine the most stable procedure with the fewest complications.