What is Hallux Rigidus?
6 July 2015
Hallux Rigidus, or to give it a less scientific name, Turf Toe, is a foot condition where arthritis affects the movement of the big toe.
Hallux Rigidus...Why Me?
Hallux Rigidus is caused by the wear and tear of daily life taking its toll on the joint of the big toe. Anyone can be made subject to life with a stiff big toe, regardless of age or lifestyle, but those who take part in sport or are middle-aged tend to be more likely to develop the conditions, as well as those who have a family history of the condition. It is not uncommon to have both big toes affected.
Aside from having the eponymous stiffness of the toe, sufferers may also feel pain along the joint and develop Bunions.
Signs and Symptoms:
Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus include:
Getting You Back on Your Feet
There are several treatments for Hallux Rigidus depending on which stage of the condition you are currently in. Surgery or injection therapy may help improve the functionality of the toe for some long-term sufferers and physical therapy can also help keep the toe in working order. Certain medications be prescribed in order to lessen inflammation and pain.
Fortunately, cases of Hallux Rigidus have not suggested that sufferers are any more likely than others to develop problems in the other joints of the lower limbs. By keeping the toe well supported and in good condition, there is no reason why Hallux Rigidus should stop you doing the things you love - many people may find that an orthotic is the easiest and most suitable form of treatment for helping them carry on with life as normal.
Feet Consoled with an Insole
There are many insoles available for those looking to lessen the symptoms of Hallux Rigidus, ideally these insoles should offer:
Visit the Shoe Insoles website for more Insoles for Hallux Rigidus.