Hallux Rigidus is often referred to as arthritis of the big toe. It is the most common type of arthritis that can occur in your foot. It is most common within the ages of 30-60 and is often the result of prior injuries. Hallux Rigidus can develop in people who participate in sports that can cause sprains in the big toe from loading, stressing, and extending movements from the feet. If these injuries are left untreated or are not treated properly, there is a high risk of developing Hallux Rigidus.
Because Hallux Rigidus can get worse over time it is important to seek medical attention sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the more movement in your toe will decrease. Symptoms and early warning signs you should keep an eye out for may include:
- Pain and stiffness in your big toe
- This typically occurs during activities such as walking, bending, standing, etc.
- Development of bone spurs that cause difficulty wearing shoes
- Dull pain in the hip and lower back due to changes in walking
Treatment is crucial for Hallux Rigidus as over time bone spurs can increase. The sooner it is treated, the more manageable the disease becomes. Some non-surgical treatment options are:
- Shoe modification – Shoes with a large toe box or stiff soles are recommended
- Intra-articular injections – Help reduce pain and inflammation
- Physical Therapy
- Orthotic Devices
If your case of Hallux Rigidus is more severe, surgical treatment may be required. Surgical treatment options will likely include joint sparring or joint sacrificing techniques. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Port Washington can help come up with the best treatment plan and help you with your diagnosis.
How is Hallux Rigidus Diagnosed?
A podiatrist in Port Washington can diagnose your Hallux Rigidus by examining your foot’s range of motion. X-rays are also used to determine how much arthritis is present in the foot as well as looking for any bone spurs that could have developed. Dr. Alec Hochstein is a podiatrist in Port Washington that can help diagnose Hallux Rigidus or any other foot conditions you may have. If you suspect that you may be suffering from Hallux Rigidus or any other foot condition, make an appointment with a podiatrist in Port Washington today at Great Neck Family Foot Care!