By Maria DiDanieli
Aug. 13, 2010 – Millions of North American men and women suffer from the painful
dysfunction of the foot, Hallux valgus, also called "bunions".
Aug. 13, 2009 – Millions of North American men and women suffer from the painful
dysfunction of the foot, Hallux valgus, also called "bunions". Up to
now, conservative treatment of this mal-positioning of the big toe has been
limited to inflexible night and daytime splints. Bunion Aid, a dynamic,
flexible, day or night-time hinged
splint – launched into the United States,
in October 2008 – offers effective
treatment and pain relief for millions who suffer from bunions and may help
avoid, or postpone, the need for surgery.
A recent comparative study measured the reduction of bunions through the
use of a rigid night-splinting, versus Bunion Aid. Results show that mild
to moderate mal-positioning can be corrected to normal values with the use of
Alpha Orthotics Corporation (www.alphaorthotics.com)
has also announced the results of a comparative radiological study designed to
measure the reduction of toe mal-positioning.
The study was conducted in Germany
in spring 2008 and was performed by Dr. Klaus A. Milachowski, Assistant
Professor, Ludwig-Maximilian University, in Munich Germany. It
compared the use of a rigid Hallux valgus night-splint and Bunion Aid. The
results of the study show that mild to moderate mal-positioning of the big toe
can be corrected to normal values with the use of Bunion Aid.
Bunion Aid is a combination of a medical-grade plastic splint and
Velcro® fastening metatarsal and toe straps. The plastic portion of the splint
is hinged and fastened along the inside border of the foot with a toe and metatarsal
strap. The straps and the splint provide three-point correction of the bunion
deformity thoughout the gait cycle. The metatarsal arch is optimally
stabilized, the bunion relieved, the mal-positioning of the toe corrected and
the foot brought back and held in its natural position.
The Bunion Aid splint is available online through the Alpha Orthotics website (www.alphaorthotics.com).
The results of the study cited in this press release are available upon
About Hallux Valgus or "Bunions"
Hallux valgus forces the big toe outward, which causes the metatarsal bone and
the metatarsal capitulum to protrude. Initially a cosmetic problem, in
due time serious pain can develop. Inflammation and swelling of the ball,
incorrect loading and initial joint attrition (arthrosis) can lead to strong
and persistent pain. Reasons for the development of Hallux valgus are an
inherited predisposition, a tendency towards weak supporting and connective
tissue or muscular imbalance. Mal-positioning is aggravated by too tight,
too pointed and too small shoes. Hallux valgus patients traditionally
have been treated with surgery or rigid night splints. Bunion-Aid is an
alternative for people with mild to moderate bunions and can help with
About Alpha Orthotics Corporation USA
Alpha Orthotics Corporation (http://www.alphaorthotics.com)
is a wholly owned subsidiary of German Hallufix Corporation. Alpha
Orthotics Corporation markets and sells patented, German-engineered
non-invasive orthopedic products directly to consumers and to the medical