Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus is a condition that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. If you suffer from this condition, you will notice pain and stiffness in the big toe. The symptoms often worsen while walking, running or performing other exercises and when the weather is cold or damp. Additionally, individuals with this condition may notice swelling and inflammation around the joint. If the condition worsens, the big toe joint may become painful when at rest and bone spurs may develop. Often to lessen the pain, sufferers will begin to limp and start rolling foot outward around problem thus altering walking mechanics, which can lead to pain to another part of the foot or the ankle, knees, hips or lower back.

Technically a form of degenerative arthritis, Hallux Rigidus can wear out the cartilage in the joint that it affects. It can be caused by improper joint function or alignment of the feet and genetic abnormalities in the foot structure. Treatments available for this condition include shoe modification, anti-inflammatory medication, ultrasound guided cortisone injections, orthotics, physical therapy and/ or surgery to either clean out the joint from injured cartilage and spurs but possibly need either a joint replacement or fusion. As with many foot problems, correct alignment is often helpful. Surgery is recommended as a last resort but with this particular condition, sometimes earlier intervention can prevent more serious complications or complex surgeries. Contact us today to determine which treatment option might work best for you.

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