A novel global postural alteration? Qualitative assessment of hallux valgus and swallowing disorder in human posture: A preliminary investigation on the incidence during age span for promoting psycho-physical and postural well-being


  • Valerio Giustino University of Palermo, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4575-8021
  • Luca Russo University of L’Aquila, Italy
  • Rosario Emanuele Toscano University of Palermo, Italy
  • Giuseppe Secolo University of Palermo, Italy
  • Innocenzo Secolo University of Palermo, Italy
  • Giuseppe Battaglia University of Palermo, Italy
  • Giuseppe Messina University of Palermo, Italy


Hallux valgus, Swallowing disorder, Posture, Foot, Tongue


Hallux Valgus (HV) and Swallowing Disorder (SD) are two multifactorial postural and biomechanical alterations. It is very important to look for the incidence of these two conditions in order to promote psycho-physical and postural well-being. Our study aimed to clinically assess the presence of HV and SD in a large group with different ages spans. Fours skilled professionals performed the assessment following clinical criteria. A total of 61 volunteers subjects (163.5 ± 14.1 cm; 59.7 ± 15.7 kg; 22.9 ± 13.2 yrs.) were selected for the study. The 51% of the sample showed the HV alteration, 30% and 73% respectively for male and female. Regarding ages cluster, the HV was present in 44% under 20 yrs., in 53% between 21 and 40 yrs., in 75% over 40 yrs. The 46% of the sample showed a SD condition, 50% and 42% respectively for male and female. As for ages cluster, the incidence of SD was in 50% of subjects under 20 yrs., in 41% between 21 and 40 yrs., in 50% over 40 yrs. The 39% of subjects with HV showed a SD condition. On the other hand, the 43% of subjects with SD showed the HV deformity. HV and SD are postural disorders and most often occur together. In this framework, HV and SD should be interpreted as sign of global postural alteration and for this reason it is fundamental to assess them. Further research is needed on these two parameters in order to find out the optimal relationship between HV and SD.


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Giustino, V., Russo, L., Toscano, R. E., Secolo, G., Secolo, I., Battaglia, G., & Messina, G. (2020). A novel global postural alteration? Qualitative assessment of hallux valgus and swallowing disorder in human posture: A preliminary investigation on the incidence during age span for promoting psycho-physical and postural well-being. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 15(3proc), S833-S839. Retrieved from https://www.jhse.ua.es/article/view/2020-v15-n3-proc-postural-alteration-hallux-valgus-human-posture

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