The prevalence of hallux valgus and its relationship to the metatarsal angles have been assessed in South African males from two Black communities and one White community. After the age of 11 years there is a small increase in the metatarsal angle of White males, but this remains within the normal range. In comparison with White females, who seem to be predisposed to the disorder of hallux valgus, neither White nor Black males show a significant increase in hallux angles after adolescence. Males of all ages and race groups seldom develop clinical hallux valgus, and this apparent resistance to the deformity is associated with a minimal increase in the metatarsal angle, and therefore in the width of the foot.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1984|
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