Dr. Bock is interviewed for an article, “Jugendsuenden” (or Youth’s Sins), in the November 2012 issue, about the consequences of wrong footwear on toe deformities. Dr. Bock draws attention primarily to the effects of wearing high heel shoes. Frequent wearing of high heels is one of the risk factors for the development of hallux valgus deformity and subsequently the formation of hammertoes. Heels lead to an overload on the ball of the foot and the toe joints. This further leads to over-stretching of the joints and imbalance of the muscles. Subsequently, hallux valgus and hammertoes appear. In the initial stage, improvement can be achieved by using inserts and special physiotherapy achieve; later, a surgical procedure helps.
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