Hallux valgus: What is the solution?
Hallux valgus. Diagnosis is one of the most common problems that can be solved by foot surgeons.
There are patients with hallux valgus, but they have no complaints and need no therapy. In contrast, the patients with complaints actually have only one effective option, namely the surgery.
The signs of hallux valgus treatment are pretty easy for you to recognize: the feeling that the feet are getting wider and the shoes are getting tighter and tighter, big toe more and more to the side, the skin rubbing the bale more often.
The foot surgeon chooses the surgical method according to the stage in which the hallux valgus is in the patient and how far he has progressed.
The parameters include, for example, the size of the hallux valgus angle, the nature of the big toe joint, and the distance between the metatarsals.
There are two main cases of hallux valgus treatment: Hallux valgus treatment at early stage - "minor" surgery required and hallux valgus treatment at late stage - "larger" surgery required.
The smaller hallux valgus involves a correction of 1-2 bones, usually with joint preservation of the big toe. In most cases fine, remaining in the bone wires (later removal is not provided) to secure the operating result.
For example, in the larger procedures for correcting hallux valgus, a specific joint is usually stiffened by inserting a plate and several screws in the tarsal area (so-called Lapidus OP).
In the final stage, the hallux valgus often even leads to destruction or wear of the great toe joint. This leaves the foot surgeon with only one option for hallux valgus treatment: a stiffening operation.
Although it is a minor surgical procedure, there is always the likelihood of risks and complications.
But you do not have to worry too much - the effectiveness and tolerability of Hallux valgus treatment have been tested and proven, and every last step of the surgery has been determined. That's why the complications are very rare.
Of course, it is recommended that you do not wait too long to get the hallux valgus treatment. Consult your foot surgeon to find out which treatment would be best for you.
Do not be afraid of Hallux valgus!
This fear is now largely unfounded, because: modern foot surgery has very gentle and safe surgical methods, which finally allows the patient a pain-free walk.
Even in the rare case of a failed hallux valgus surgery, one should know the following: There is almost no surgical complication, which can not be eliminated in exceptional cases with another (follow-up) surgery.
The advanced surgical techniques allow the patient immediate load after surgery in the special shoe in most procedures, unlike a few years ago when gypsum treatment with crutches was required.
The earlier opinion, one should perform a hallux valgus surgery as late as possible, is now obsolete. On the contrary, modern foot surgery even recommends early surgical treatment for the first symptoms, in order to prevent joint wear on the big toe, which is the result of waiting too long.
In the early stages of a hallux valgus, joint-preserving surgery is still possible, whereas in the presence of joint wear and tear, the surgeon has no choice but to recommend joint stiffening to the patient.
If you are unsure, it is advisable, at least for the first symptoms, to consult a specialist for the hallux valgus surgery and seek advice.
The advice does not hurt, and you then know what you are. And this regardless of whether one ultimately decides to surgery or not. So do not be afraid of hallux valgus!