The Latest Treatments for Hallux Rigidus (Big Toe Arthritis)

Mar 7, 2023

Hallux rigidus is a condition that affects the big toe joint, causing pain and stiffness. It’s a common condition that can limit your ability to walk, run and perform other daily activities. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage the symptoms and improve mobility. In this newsletter, we’ll discuss the latest treatments for hallux rigidus and help you understand your options.

1. Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments are often the first line of defense for hallux rigidus. These treatments aim to reduce pain, improve joint function and prevent further damage to the joint. They include:

Anti-inflammatory medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and ease pain.

Physical therapy: Exercises to improve the affected joint’s flexibility and strength can help alleviate symptoms.

Shoe inserts: Orthotics can help redistribute pressure and relieve pain in the big toe joint.

2. Surgical Treatments

If non-surgical treatments are not effective, surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the condition, but the most common procedures include:

Joint debridement: This procedure involves removing damaged tissue and cleaning the joint to improve joint movement.

Joint fusion: In this procedure, the bones in the big toe joint are fused together to prevent movement and relieve pain.

Hallux rigidus can be a debilitating condition, but with the right treatment, it is possible to manage symptoms and improve mobility. If you are experiencing pain and stiffness in your big toe joint, we recommend speaking with a podiatrist to determine your best course of action.

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