What is Hallux Rigidus?
Hallux limitus is a progressively painful condition at the first metatarsal joint which is very different from traditional bunion deformity’s.
An arthritic process starts to occur typically in patients in thier 30s and 40s and progressively gets worse with age and time. The joint can become completely rigid where it does not bend. It can become very painful with walking and activities as well as pressure in shoes because spurs can develop all around the first joint.
Pain in Big Toe Joint - Symptoms
Redness, stiffness with range of motion, loss of motion, and pain with walking and exercise, pain with tight shoes. Compensation patterns can arise in other areas of the foot, ankle, knee, hip and back.
How to Treat Hallux Rigidus
Although most believe that Surgery is the only option, there are many conservative things that can be done, exercise therapy prescribed by the doctor, special injections, Deep tissue work, shoe changes, orthotic devices are very effective when made appropriately and specifically for that joint which engages range of motion rather than hinders it. When conservative therapy fails, then various surgical options are available, to realign the joint and take the pain away.
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