Hallux Rigidus Symptoms
Initial symptoms of this problem include:
- Stiffness and pain that accompanies your big toe during standing, bending, and walking
- Increased pain and stiffness during damp, cold weather
- Difficulty performing certain physical activities like squatting and running
- Inflammation and swelling around the MTPJ
As the condition becomes more progressive, symptoms become more severe, including:
- Pain and swelling that happens during rest (instead of only being triggered by activity)
- The development of bone spurs leading to difficulty being able to wear shoes
- Dull pain felt in your hip, knee, and/or lower back on account of changes to your gait
- Pronounced limping when you walk
Early treatment for hallux rigidus can help to postpone and, in some cases, event prevent the need for surgery to correct the condition. Conservative treatment measures include:
- Shoe modifications. As with many other foot conditions, shoes that offer a wide, deep toe box will help by keeping pressure off of the affected toe. Rocker-bottom soles might also prove to be beneficial.
- Orthotic devices. Our office can provide customized orthotic devices to improve your foot function and redistribute the pressure on your affected toe.
- Medications. When it comes to dealing with the pain and inflammation that can accompany this condition, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended. As always, be sure to check with us first to ensure your safety.
- Injection therapy. We may look to reduce your pain and inflammation through the use of corticosteroid injections.
- Physical therapy. In order to achieve temporary relief, physical or ultrasound therapy might be an effective course of treatment.
When Is Surgery Necessary for Hallux Rigidus?
If you have continued pain in spite of the non-invasive treatments above, you may require surgery to reduce or eliminate it. There are various procedures that may be used, but we will discuss these options with you and take into consideration such factors as age and activity levels.
Regardless as to which treatment will prove most effective, you can find comfort in the fact that Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are the area’s top podiatrists. We have the expertise and knowledge to provide the effective results you need. Contact us today by calling (512) 328-8900 or use our online form to request your appointment today.