Bunion AidTM Corrects Bunions Without Surgery

August 13, 2009
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, from Germany, 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 Bunion Aid.

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 request.

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 post-surgery treatment.


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 community.

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