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Alternative Treatments For Hallux Rigidus
If it is painful: Then surgery is the answer. All spurring needs to be removed from the perimeter of the joint. In addition, if the joint space is narrowed, the metatarsal bone needs to be shortened a bit to allow for a greater range of motion. Followup with a good set of orthotics to deal with the mechanical forces that caused the problem in the first place. ...Read more
If I have hallux rigidus of big toe but no pain or effects on daily life do I need treatment now or will I ever?
I'm being treated for functional hallux rigidus and I think the doctor is wrong. My treatment isn't helping. How do I get a second opinion?
Search the internet: For a highly rated podiatrist in your area and call for an appointment. Have any previous records, or x-rays sent to the new clinician prior to your appointment. ...Read more
Sometimes: Hallux rigidly refers to degenerative arthritis of the mp joint of the big toe, the joint at the base of the toe. It more commonly occurs after an injury to the toe, such as from turf toe. This refers to an injury to the joint from kicking a ball or spraining it while playing sports. In this case, it may develop in a younger person, it may also develop from many other causes. ...Read more
Arthritis in big toe: Hallux rigidus is arthritis (loss of cartilage) in the big toe (mtp) joint. It has a variety of causes including post traumatic, mechanical overload and idiopathic. It is manifest by pain, stiffness, and often "fullness" about the joint. Plain x-rays are usually sufficient to confirm the diagnosis. Orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists are optimal sources to diagnose and treat this problem. ...Read more
Improved function: The goal of surgery to correct for hallux rigidus is to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. There are many procedures utilized for this purpose ranging from cleaning the excess bone around the joint to replacing the joint. The recuperation for the procedure would take about 3 months to get back to full function and normal shoewear. ...Read more
Probably not: Probably not. If you're getting relief from taping your great toe, then it's probably okay. However, sometimes if you tape it too tightly you could restrict blood supply. At this point, if the taping works to relief your pain, then great job! Hope this helps, if so, please vote me. Thanks! ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hallux rigidus in my big toe. I've been told that I'm too young. How does age factor into this?
Rigid like a board.: Simply stated, it is the inability to flex or other wise move the great toe at the metatasal phalangeal joint. This is the joint where the big toe meets the foot. If the big toe has some, but limited movement, then it is referred to a hallux limitus. ...Read more
Hallux rigidus: Hallux rigidus is the final stage of degeneration in your great toe joint. At this point. Depending on your x-rays you have two options. You can have the joint replaced or have the joint fused. I recommended you obtain weight bearing x-rays and have a foot surgeon take a look at the xrays to give you a better idea of which procedure works for you. ...Read more
No: Considering it took many years for this arthritic condition to develop, waiting one month is no big problem. ...Read more
It depends...: Usually 4-6 weeks but it depends on the type of procedure performed and on the individual that it was performed on. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health. ...Read more
About 4 to 8 weeks: In a hallux rigidus condition the motion in the great toe joint is severely reduced. Only removing the spurring around the joint doesn't improve motion. The best approach is to perform a procedure that will address this severe degenerative or arthritic process. This can take somewhat longer to heal but the results are very gratifying. Experienced podiatrists have specific procedures for this. ...Read more
Extension on an orthotic at times can be helpful, this will decrease any residual motion which may be present.
Injections are sometimes employed. This is, however, a structural problem and surgery might be the best option for this. (recovery times are not bad for this procedure.). ...Read more
Which doctors have experience performing hallux rigidus minimally invasive surgery in nj/pa or nearby states?
In part.: Hallux rigidus is not clearly hereditary but there is probably some component that predisposes some to this problem. However, the major determinants are previous trauma to the joint and repetitive injury that accumulates over time. ...Read more
Pain big toe joint: Lack of motion at the big toe joint. Pain in the joint. At times there is swelling depending on the amount of walking and shoes worn. Arthritic changes occur at that joint which also causes you to change the way you walk. ...Read more
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Podiatric surgeon: I am sure your community has competent Podiatric surgeons that are more than capable of caring for your condition. There are several different treatment options (including surgical intervention) that can be done. Check your local hospital's web site and search for a Podiatrist. ...Read more
If you have beginnings of hallux rigidus with no pain, how many years might it be before you need surgery.
Sometimes never: Hallux rigidus can sometimes be treated conservatively with orthotics and steroid injections. If that fails, surgery may be necessary, but how long that may be depends on patients pain tolerance and activity level. Type of surgery varies from joint preserving procedures to joint replacement or fusion. ...Read more
My doctor told me to stop weight bearing exercise while we're figuring out how to treat my functional hallux rigidus. Can I ride my bicycle?
Yes: Hallux rigidus or early arthritis of the first metatarsal/phalangeal joint (of the big toe)is common in athletes. Running and jumping sports can exacerbate the pain. Dorsiflexion (moving the big toe back) is usually limited compared to normal side.Nsaids, turf toe 'liners' are the basic non- operative tx. Cheilectomy (surg. Removal of dorsal 'spurs')can be done...Ok to ride ex. Bike. Gl! ...Read more