Do you experience pain and stiffness in your big toe? You may be suffering from Hallux Rigidus, a common form of arthritis affecting the foot. This condition occurs as a result of wear-and-tear injuries, which wear down the articular cartilage and cause raw bone ends to rub together. A bone spur, or overgrowth, may also develop on the top of the bone, preventing proper bending of the toe when walking.
Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus include a bump, similar to a bunion or callus, that develops on the top of the foot, pain in the joint while active, especially while pushing off on toes when walking, stiffness in the big toe, and swelling around the joint.
If you suspect you have Hallux Rigidus, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce swelling and ease the pain. However, before taking any medication, it is always important to consult your physician.
In addition to medication, non-invasive treatment methods may also be implemented, such as applying ice packs or soaking the foot in contrast baths, which alternate between cold and hot water, to help reduce inflammation and control symptoms for a short period of time. Wearing a stiff-soled shoe with a rocker or roller bottom design, and possibly a steel shank or metal brace in the sole, may also alleviate symptoms by providing additional support when walking and reducing bending in the big toe.
In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove bone spurs or a portion of the foot bone to create more space and allow for proper bending of the toe.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Hallux Rigidus, it is crucial to seek care from a qualified medical professional. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM, a licensed podiatrist, specializes in foot and ankle conditions and can help diagnose and treat your condition. Don’t let the pain and discomfort of Hallux Rigidus affect your quality of life. Seek medical attention today.