Taping a hallux valgus


Hallux valgus is one of the most common misalignments of the forefoot and especially of the big toe in the area of ​​the metatarsophalangeal joint. This misalignment is also known as an overleg or exostosis. The big toe points towards the outer edge of the foot. The base joint is clearly pushed out and tilts in the opposite direction.


Of a hallux valgus are mostly women affected. When the Misalignment several factors come together. It arises particularly often in connection with one splayfootin which the transverse arch of the forefoot sinks and the toes lie flat on the floor.

On the one hand, hallux valgus can be hereditary and already occur in several female family members.
On the other hand, the misalignment is favored by wearing high and particularly narrow shoes. The toes can then no longer stand in their physiological position and give way due to the constant pressure load. This is especially noticeable on the big toe. The years of wearing tight and pointed high shoes gradually lead to a permanent one Over leg. There too Musculature is weakened, it can no longer compensate for the displacement of the toes after a certain point in time.
In addition to hallux valgus, you can also Hammer or claw toes arise. The toes curl forward. This can lead to further problems, especially when wearing appropriately tight shoes.


In the initial phase the developing prepares hallux valgus mostly no complaints yet. The Big toe joint However, it appears more and more on the inner edge of the foot and is a purely cosmetic problem at the beginning, especially for women.

In the further course, the misalignment has progressed so far that the foot hurts, especially when wearing high and narrow shoes. This can lead so far that the foot will soon no longer fit into these women's shoes.
To the Metatarsophalangeal joint The enormous pressure on the shoes can also lead to severe pain. The skin and the one under that joint lying Bursa can become very irritated, so that ultimately a inflammation can develop. It can be a Bursitis arise that are in a Redness and swelling expresses.

The patients have particularly strong rolling movements Pain. There is a risk that the joint will wear out enormously and consequently become one arthrosis can come.

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Hallux valgus taping

Hallux valgus can be treated by various methods. One of them is this Taping. Taping with Kinesiology tapes has the goal of counteracting the displacement of the big toe and thus also a permanent misalignment. It is particularly important to correct technique when taping to ensure that it can also develop its effectiveness.

The first step is a Base strip appropriate. This should be placed on the big toe without wrinkles if possible. At first, no tensile stress is exerted here.
The next step should be the correction of the deformity. To do this, a gap is created between the big toe and the neighboring toe with two fingers. At the same time, the inner edge of the foot is rotated slightly inwards. Then this position of the toe and the edge of the foot are fixed by applying the tape with tension. Finally, the tape is loosely attached to the heel.
The tape can be pressed on again with the fingers so that it stays in place. It sits correctly and can develop its corrective effect if the patient feels a slight pull of the big toe in the direction of the inner edge of the foot. Nevertheless, wearing the tape should be comfortable.
To better hold the Tapes to create a second strip of the Kinesiology tape be attached slightly offset over the first tape. If the tension is too high, the tape will not stick properly. Therefore a second one makes sense. At the same time it supports the correction of the Misalignment.

The Kinesio tapes are very elastic and therefore allow every movement of the foot. Therefore, the tape dressing can reduce the all day and also at sporting activities be worn.

Compared to corrective rails Taping offers a much more comfortable method to counteract a misalignment of the big toe. Often the splints cannot be worn in all shoes due to their size and thickness. The tapes, on the other hand, are very thin and hardly noticeable so that they can easily be worn in any shoe. Another benefit is that the Tapes can be individually adjusted depending on the extent of the deformity.

Figure foot pain

Figure foot pain

Foot pain

  1. Achilles tendonitis /
    Achilles tendon rupture
  2. Broken bones - toes,
    Metatarsus, tarsus
    (here outer ankle fracture)
  3. Ligament stretch / torn ligament
    at the ankle
  4. Lower and upper heel spurs
    Calcaneus spur
  5. Hammer toe and claw toe
    (Deformities of the toe bones)
    Digitus malleus
  6. Plantar warts
    Verrucae plantares
  7. Hallux valgus -
    (Deviation of the big toe
    in the base joint)
  8. Hallux rigidus -
    (Joint wear of the
    Metatarsophalangeal joint)
  9. Inflamed nails / nail fungus
  10. Osteoarthritis / arthritis -
    degenerative change of
    Joints / inflammation of the joints

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