KEY TO TREATING HALLUX RIGIDUS IS EARLY DETECTION
posted: Jan 04, 2019.
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, for those with the common degenerative disorder known as hallux limitus in its earlier stages, and hallux rigidus later on, everyday motion such as walking, stooping, and climbing stairs can be a struggle. The good news is that proper treatment can bring tremendous relief. "If you have this condition, your big toe hurts - but it doesn't have to," says Laurence Rubin, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in Richmond, VA. Rubin has seen numerous patients with pain in the big toe (called the hallux), and he notes that many of them have ignored the problem for years.
|Dr. Laurence Rubin|
"People with this disorder seem to suffer much longer than they need to," he says. "They're often pleasantly surprised when they find out their problem can be fixed. If we catch the condition early, we can relieve the symptoms by conservative measures, but if it has progressed to the point where the joint is destroyed, we have fewer conservative options," says Rubin.
Source: Health News Digest [7/15/13]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.