X-ray showing Elevated first Metatarsal
Elevation of the first metatarsal during ambulation leads to jamming of the Toe. This functional hallux Limitus if left untreated can lead to Hallux Rigidus. Custom Orthotics will improve Toe function and Motion. Don't let a functional problem progress to Hallux Rigidus as joint damage can not be reversed. See your Podiatrist for a Bomechanical exam and evaluation. Taking this step could save your joint and possibly avoid surgery.
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Hallux Limitus & Rigidus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallux_rigidus
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Orthotic Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfqXMWDdAqA
Most insurance companies will cover Custom Orthotics when prescribed by a professional. See your Podiatrist today and don't waste your money on over the counter inserts which are not sufficient to Control Hallux Limitus / Rigidus.
Hallux Rigidus is a condition that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. If you suffer from this condition, you will notice pain and stiffness in the big toe. The symptoms often worsen while walking, running or performing other exercises and when the weather is cold or damp. Additionally, individuals with this condition may notice swelling and inflammation around the joint. If the condition worsens, the big toe joint may become painful when at rest and bone spurs may develop. Often to lessen the pain, sufferers will begin to limp or otherwise alter walking mechanics, which can lead to pain in the ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
Technically a form of degenerative arthritis, Hallux Rigidus can wear out the cartilage in the joint that it affects. It can be caused by improper alignment of the feet and genetic abnormalities in the foot structure. Treatments available for this condition include shoe modification, anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics, physical therapy and surgery. As with many foot problems, learning and practicing correct alignment is often helpful. Surgery is recommended as a last resort. Contact us today to determine which treatment option might work best for you.