Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus
Hallux Rigidus is when the joint of the big toe is stiff and you may have started to get osteoarthritis in the joint. Hallux Rigidus usually occurs as a result of the big toe not bending under load, there will then be an increased load inside the joint because you cross a joint that does not bend. Hallux Rigidus can also occur after an injury where the joint has been damaged. Symptoms are stiffness in the joint and pain when walking. You can see a swelling around the joint and there are bone deposits on the joint, which in the end can lead to it being difficult to wear shoes. X-rays can show that there is osteoarthritis in the joint.
To treat hallux Rigidus, we are working to get the movement back in the big toe joint. We do this with the device StretchPower. The pain usually arises from the joint not moving and there is an increased pressure on the joint. We get this started and the pain usually subsides completely. This happens even if the X-ray shows osteoarthritis. It is not the osteoarthritis that causes the pain, it is the weakness in the joint, a strong osteoarthritis does not hurt.
THIS IS HOW THE TREATMENT GOES
The treatment for hallux rigidus is to start movement in the joint.
Treatment step by step
- First we go through the cause of the problem, we look at the foot posture.
- Since is done strength–and mobility tests of the feet.
- We treat the joints that do not move as they should.
- Then we have a basis on how we should treat your feet.
- For Hallux Rigidus, you must treat the right muscles to release the tension that gives the pain in addition to the reduced mobility.
- The treatment is done with a device called StretchPower. Using a rod we expose the lower leg to pressure so that the ankle bends, mobility is increased and the error is corrected. Before treatment beginswe put it in the right position in StretchPower so that you get the desired effect on the treatment.