The condition is called, Hallux Limitus or Ridigus depending on the stage of the condition. Causes range from: Post traumatic injury from soccer / football kickers, previous untreated big toe fracture, turf toe that caused joint injury, crush injury, poor choice of shoes or poor mechanics.
Your podiatrist will be able to tell you more about your cause.
Symptoms include: burning in the big toe joint, swelling, stiffness, deep throbbing pain, pain with change of weather, pain with bending the big toe joint. Now one thing can be confused for hallux limitus is gouty arthritis, with gout youur joint will be red, hot and swollen and painful to even a bedsheet's pressure. Hallux Limitus / Ridigus is more constant and consistent throbbing. There are stages of Hallux Limitus, the case presented here is a Grade III where it is almost self fused.
Non surgical option will consist of using orthotics with a morton's extension, either rigid or made from cork.
Surgical options depend on the stage of the disease: injections, joint fusion, joint replacement.
|Notice the top bump is gone
|Joint space restored
Fusion of the big toe has the best long term patient satisfaction according to new studies. Our center offers that too but also gives our patient choices. Fusion is great choice for active patients with debilitating pain. The end all procedure. The decision should be between you and your doctor, get some opinions. Beware of those that will tell you, I only fuse, or I only implant. There are choices and your doctor should be able to give you those choices and have the experience to guide you in the right direction.
Patient many years post arthrosurface implant, very happy about such, made a video about it and here it is.
Newest video with a full review and explanation about Hallux Limitus and Rigidus.
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