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Treatment options for hallux rigidus

What are the treatment options for hallux rigidus?

It is easiest to treat hallux rigidus the earlier it is caught.  If it is caught very early on surgery may be avoided or postponed.

Some of the treatment options include:

·         Ultrasound therapy or physical therapy may provide temporary relief.

·         Custom orthotics can help improve your foot’s function.

·         Shoes that have a wider toe box and stiff soles may be recommended to help take pressure off the big toe.  It is best to stop             wearing heels.

·         Injection therapy can help reduce any pain or swelling.

·         Medications may be prescribed to help with the pain and inflammation.

·         Some vitamins may be helpful such as glucosamine-chondroitin.

If surgery is needed there are many factors taken into consideration to decide which type of surgery is best, such as:

        ·         Age.

·         Cause of the disorder

·         Severity of the disorder

·         Occupation

·         Activity level

There are a few different types of surgery that can be performed to treat hallux rigidus.  Some of the procedures are designed to clean up the joint by removing some of the arthritis and bone spurs.  The position of one or more bones may be altered in the big toe as well.  These are ment to restore the function and alignment of the joint and help to reduce pain.

The more aggressive approaches are reserved for when the joint cannot be restored.  The joint may be fused, part or all of the joint may be removed, or an implant may be put in place.  These different types of surgery will help to eliminate any painful movement in the joint and help the foot become more stable.

If you have any pain or stiffness in your big toe Request an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS to discuss your treatment options.  Contact Us  at 701-255-3338.


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