Do you have pain in your big toe? Is there swelling, stiffness, or difficulty bending your big toe?
You could have a condition called Hallux Rigidus. This is often due to spurring of the bone, joint fragments, or joint narrowing of the big toe. This can be referred to as Hallux Rigidis, as the joint does not move, or Hallux Limitis, where the joint has limited painful motion.
This medical condition is the most common arthritic condition in the foot and occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe. It can make walking painful and difficult and usually develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60.
What can you do?
Comfortable shoes with a wide toe box will help reduce pressure on the top of the toe. Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines may also help reduce pain and swelling. Contrast baths are also recommended in treating the condition. A contrast bath uses alternative hot and cold water buckets to submerge your foot, alternating between the two every 30 seconds for five minutes.
Why you need a podiatrist
This arthritic condition can worsen over time. As your joint becomes more rigid, bone spurs may form. This may require surgical intervention to clean up the joint or an artificial joint implant. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to fuse the joint. Your foot is a roadmap to your health. Hallux Rigidus/Hallux Limitis can be caused by injury to the foot, such as sprains or fractures, or certain medical conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis. Here at Healthmark, we say the foot is connected to the body. Pain in your big toe could be a myriad of things, and our trained professionals understand the importance of getting it right.
Are you looking for a Hallux Rigidus or Hallux Limits specialist in Philadelphia?
If you are looking for Hallux Rigidus care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.