COMPRESSANA Tape Correction Sox combine the benefits of conservative therapy options such as physiotherapy
with kinesio taping to counteract misalignment of the foot – all without side-effects.
Hallux valgus, or a bunion, is the most common malposition of the toes. Here, the ball of the big toe on the inner edge of the foot visibly sticks outwards, while the big toe itself points towards the middle toes. Women are affected considerably more frequently than men. A definite tilting of the big toes is often already diagnosed during adolescence in girls. If left untreated, hallux valgus can cause pain and limited mobility and lead to hammer toes and osteoarthritis in the base joint of the big toe.
The advanced hallux valgus, – popularly known as a bunion – is characterized by a strong bulge of the ball of the big toe as well as the orientation of the big toe resting partly over the second toe. This particular deformity unfortunately cannot be permanently influenced by a correction of the big toe alone. The strong buckling of the back foot leads to increased load bearing on the forefoot, which contributes to the development of splayfoot. This load bearing compensation on the forefoot contributes to a graduated increase in pain and size of the hallux valgus (bunion).
With a hammer toe, the base joint of the toe is overstretched upwards or the middle joint bent downwards. The second toe is the most commonly affected toe. Statistically speaking, this malposition affects women five times more frequently than men. Because the middle toes perform an important function during the push-off phase when walking and can no longer do so properly when this malposition occurs, early treatment of hammer toe is advisable. If left untreated, hammer toes stiffen into the joint’s bent position and can develop into claw toes.
Pes valgus is certainly one of the most common malpositions of the foot. This is characterised by an inward-turned heel and a flattening of the medial longitudinal arch. This causes the front of the foot to turn outwards, meaning that it no longer faces in the direction of travel when walking. Combined with a weakness of the lateral pelvic floor muscles, pes valgus leads to a loss of support from the inside of the foot, causing the arch to “collapse”. In the final stage, severe cases of pes valgus are described as flat feet.
Hallux valgus is often the result of splayfoot. It is more likely to occur in those with a hereditary predisposition or who have weakened connective tissue (due to e.g. pregnancy, medication, obesity). However, the leading cause of this malposition is unsuitable, pointed shoes with excessively high heels and a narrow toe area. Such shoes can cause painful calluses and corns. If left untreated, hallux valgus can lead to the formation of hammer toes.
The COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX Type Hallux Valgus stabilise the big toe in its original axis.
The result: less pain and better quality of life.
The pronounced ball of the toe also known as advanced hallux valgus – as shown graphically – can be characterized by the rotation of the big toe and increased intermetatarsal angle as well as a possible overlapping of the toes.
TAPE SOX type Hallux valgus +Plus correct the heel position in addition to the toe position thus counteracting a skewed foot. A combination of the hallux valgus sock and the pes valgus sock functionally counteract further sinking of the rear foot as well as further development of the hallux valgus – also known as a bunion. The COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX type Hallux valgus +Plus is especially suitable for people with severe hallux valgus and splayfeet in combination with pes valgus.
With the COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX, wearing socks becomes a form of therapy that neither limits feet in their functionality nor is noticeable in everyday life. The corrective socks are made of skin-friendly cotton, take up little space and can therefore be worn with any shoe. It is entirely up to you for how long you treat your foot, and without suffering any skin irritations or having to replace the tape each day, as is the case with direct taping. The tape socks are latex-free.
The tape socks can be worn permanently and over a long period in slippers, street shoes, work shoes, casual shoes and sports shoes. As tabi socks, they can even be worn with sandals, and can be used without shoes when at home. They can even be combined with insoles. Tape socks can be worn as night socks for gentle, passive correction.
Depending on the sock type, the tape socks have a variety of directional tapes incorporated into them and can therefore be used to purposefully counteract common malpositions.
In instances of hallux valgus, the big toe is stabilised in the axis of the foot. The tape ribbon in the Hammer Toe sock is also constructed in a similar manner to the muscle itself. It mobilises the toe joints and brings them back into their proper position. The bent toe is pulled back into its original shape. The Pes Valgus / Pronation Control sock helps to support and control the foot, gently pulling it back into its naturally arched position.
This malposition becomes increasingly painful and irritating. Alongside pressure discomfort, this malposition also leads to the formation of calluses and an inflamed weal (corn) on the middle joint of the toe. The main cause is weak musculature in combination with reduced muscle functionality. Alongside splayfoot and hollow foot, additional causes include rheumatism, gout, “poor” footwear, injuries, scars and a preceding hallux valgus. Hammer toes also often frequently occur in people with “overly long” second toes compared to their big toes.
By pulling the bent toe into its original shape, the COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX Type Hammer Toes can be used to counteract a stiffening of the toe and its associated consequences.
COMPRESSANA Tape Correction Sox can be used long-term for problems with functional causes. These include: hallux valgus, pes valgus, splayfoot and hammer toes. The preventive, therapeutic and correctional use of tape socks can prevent deterioration and subsequent complaints such as foot and joint pain or osteoarthritis in the joint of the big toe.
The COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX can be worn as a precautionary
measure if you have an existing or developing malposition.
After an operation for hallux valgus or hammer toes, tape socks
can help maintain a successful operation result.
COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX achieve the best results if worn in shoes that are not too tight, with enough room for the toes and with flat heels (< 4 cm). The shoes should also not be too small/short, as this also pushes the toes out of their natural position, which can cause hallux valgus as well as hammer/claw toes.
It is important that you slowly increase the length of time that you wear the tape socks, or wear them only overnight at first, so that the joints of the big toes can gradually get used to their new mobility. In the course of a week, you can increase the length of time you wear COMPRESSANA TAPE SOX until you are wearing them all day long.
This malposition is often due to a combination of different factors. A lack of mobility, weak muscles, overstretched ligaments and a lack of muscular control all lead to loss of three-dimensional foot stability. Limited ankle mobility, reduced stability of the leg axes, etc. increases or causes the above-named problems. Great strain (standing, walking or running for long periods) and/or obesity have a negative effect on the malposition, especially in unsuitable shoes.
Compressana TAPE SOX Pes Valgus/Pronation Control raise the heel and position the ball of the foot. The special alignment of the tape ribbons stimulates the musculature and three-dimensionally stabilises the foot’s longitudinal and latitudinal arches, so that the foot can better absorb impact forces and conduct these into the ground in a targeted manner. The socks help to stop the malposition from getting worse and to reduce pain in the foot due to strain.
The topic of pronation is much-discussed in sport, as malpositions can negatively impact on performance. For example, sports shoes / running shoes with special supports are used to try and counteract overpronation. COMPRESSANA Pronation Control TAPE SOX support the foot’s arch – when wearing sports shoes and in everyday life.