Generalized hypermobility has been proposed as a predisposing factor for hallux abducto valgus (HAV). Few studies exist to support this claim, especially in the case of juveniles. A clinical-based study was undertaken to determine whether hypermobility can be considered to be a potential initiating factor in the development of juvenile HAV. Fifty-two female subjects aged between 10 and 21 years inclusive were selected. They were divided into two groups, one of 26 subjects with HAV and a second without the deformity. The degree of motion in a specified direction for eight joints was measured for every subject, while visual observation only, was made for forward flexion of the trunk. A χ2 test showed juveniles with HAV are more hypermobile than those without HAV. It was concluded that while hypermobility may be associated with HAV in juveniles, its presence does not necessarily make it the primary predisposing factor.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1998|