Rockefeller Health & Medical in New York, NY Discusses Ways to Get Unparalleled Relief from Hallux Rigidus Pain
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What is Hallux Rigidus?
A type of arthritis affecting the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the hallux – or big toe – causes inflammation, stiffness, and pain. It is the most common arthritic – or musculoskeletal degenerative – condition that affects the toes and is most commonly found in women. Furthermore, Hallux Rigidus characteristically develops in people over the age of 30. In fact, it is estimated to affect 1 in 40 people in the United States over the age of 50.
What Causes It?
There is no definitive answer to that question. Still, there are several known contributors to the development of hallux rigidus including:
- Degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Overuse of the big toe, commonly due to excessive time on one’s feet or sports that involve running
- A genetic predisposition to the condition
- An injury to the big toe
What are the Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus?
The symptoms of Hallux Rigidus resemble those of other forms of arthritis. These include:
- Swelling of the joint
- Heat in the joint
- Difficulty moving and bending the toe
- Pain, especially when walking, running, or otherwise actively using the big toe
- A bone spur or bump resembling a bunion located on the top of the big toe’s joint
How is it Diagnosed?
A physical examination of the metatarsophalangeal joint that tests the movement of the joint is all that is generally needed to diagnose hallux rigidus. The doctor will also check for the telltale bunion-like bumps and/or bone spurs that accompany this condition.
Treating Hallux Rigidus with Chiropractic Care
Clinical studies have indicated that the progress of hallux rigidus can be slowed – and in some cases even reverse – through chiropractic management techniques. With no known cure, this is the best result that can be hoped for with any treatment.
Chiropractic treatment can also reduce the stiffness and pain of the affected joint. Through manual adjustments to the joint, exercises, and stretching techniques the highest level of natural relief can be attained.
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