Conservative treatment of Hallux Rigidus (stiff big toe joint)
Hallux Rigidus (also known as Hallux Limitus) is the osteoarthritis of the big toe joint.
The conservative treatment (non-surgical option) of hallux rigidus is more effective when attempted early in the disease progression.
X-rays will be performed at Fitter Feet For Life to establish the prognosis of non-surgical treatment options. An X-ray is the best tool to establish a prognosis and will be developed on site in just 4 minuets.
In the early stages of this problem the aim of treatment is to minimise arthritic changes and restore the motion at the big toe joint.
Shoe Insoles (Foot Orthoses) can be used to allow decreases stress on the joint movement and to reduce pain within the joint. Orthoses will also align abnormal joint relationships which may reduce the rate of arthritic degeneration. A video posture and gait analysis appointment will determine your suitability for Foot Orthotic management.
Therapeutic laser can be used to increase mobility and give pain relief.
Ostenil Injections have been shown in recent studies to reduce pain associated with arthritic changes at the big toe joint. Usually a course of 3 injections are performed over 3 weeks. Local anaesthetics are used to allow pain free injections.
Steroid injections are also available; your podiatrist will discuss with you the most suitable conservative treatment.
You can also learn more about the surgical solution for this problem.