Hallux rigidus is problem in which the first metatarsophalangeal joint becomes rigid

   Posted by: navi007   in Health and Fitness

Hallux Rigidus is a disorder in which the movement at the big toe joint of the foot is rigid and is usually associated with osteoarthritis. The big toe joint of the feet are really quite a significant joint in the body as it has to bend so the leg can move ahead over the feet when walking. If something hinders the motion at that joint, then forward movement will probably be a lot more difficult and overload is going to be put on adjacent joints that have to bend more as that joint is not bending enough. This could result in pain in the great toe or hallux joint and also other joints. It also causes an unusual wear pattern on the footwear. The chief cause of hallux rigidus is commonly a previous injury to the joint. After a while this sets up a process of abnormal use that brings about more damage and osteoarthritis to the joint. Subsequently the limited movement of the joint is even more restricted and the joint will become rigid with no movement at all.

The simplest way to treat a hallux rigidus is proper management of the initial trauma with good rehabilitation and the use of exercises to avoid or reduce the developments of the osteoarthritis. When the joint is painful, then drugs and injection therapy into the joint works extremely well for the symptoms. Using a more rigid sole footwear is frequently useful as this decreases the demand on the joint to bend. Some shoes can also have a rocker added to them, so that you can move over the rocker and don't need to use the joint as much. If these conservative methods aren't helpful, then the next thing is surgical. There are several options here. The simplest, if indicated, is to simply cut off some bone of the top of the joint to allow the joint to flex more. If that is not feasible, then the joint may be surgically fused to prevent it flexing. This specific fusion deals with the pain as a result of the osteoarthritis because the joint can't flex.


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