Explanations of symbols and indications
What is a bunion and which shoes should I wear if I’ve got one?
Bunions afflict the base joint of the big toe. The condition is also known as hallux abductor valgus. In this foot condition the joint at the base of the big toe deviates outwards. Bunions often also involve widening of the foot in the ball region. Bunions may have a variety of causes, and in most cases several direct triggers interact.
Genetic predisposition can cause a tendency towards flaccid connective tissue. If this is exacerbated by wearing the wrong shoes, deformity of the big toe may result. Any factor which weakens connective tissue, for instance frequent standing, will also increase the likelihood of a bunion.
We have designed the shoe models marked with this symbol with the special needs of bunion patients in mind. The fully padded forefoot area significantly reduces pressure on the ball of the foot, and in addition this area is free from seams.
What are hammer and claw toes and which shoes should I wear if I suffer from them?
Hammer toe is a condition in which the proximal phalanx is overstretched, leading to pronounced, permanent bending of the proximal interphalangeal joint. The distal phalanx is often unaffected. In claw toe there is pronounced bending of the medial and distal phalanges and maximum overstretching of the proximal phalanx which can lead to dislocation (luxation) of the proximal phalanx.
Like bunions, hammer and claw toe usually occur after the age of 50, often as a symptom accompanying flat feet. However, hammer and claw toes may also occur as a consequence of the inflammatory joint condition rheumatoid arthritis. To prevent pressure pain or chafing, these models come with stretchable outer material in the toe region, and we have dispensed with any seams against which the foot could rub.
What exactly is an 'all-rounder' and for which conditions should I wear these?
In models marked with this symbol the entire forefoot region is free from seams and made with stretchable material, thereby reducing pressure on the forefoot and significantly enhancing wearing comfort. These models may be worn by people suffering from bunions, as well as hammer or claw toes.