This is why it’s so essential that we treat hallux limitus early!
If we can support the joint and reduce the development of the arthritis there is a chance, we can restore the normal use of the joint. At the very least, we can maximise what is left of the joint movement range and get the foot operating at its greatest efficiency.
The other concern with the development of the hallux limitus and the subsequent osteoarthritis is the pain associated with it. This can range from anything from mild discomfort once in a while to excruciating pain every step taken. The unfortunate likelihood is that if it is not treated early, it is likely to get worse.
If it’s left without treatment long enough it will likely cause hallux rigidus. This is where the joint becomes completely fused and can’t move at all. At this point, the pain often completely resolves (although this is not a guarantee and it often becomes even more painful). The joint then becomes completely inefficient and unable to be “optimised.)” It can then only be accommodated or rested so that it doesn’t keep causing pain.
Early treatment can salvage the joint space and prevent further complications. Get in touch today, don’t delay and allow the condition to deteriorate.
If your big toe pain is ongoing, regularly occurs >1x weekly, or is not getting better after 2-3day’s it’s about time to seek some assistance or impeding on your normal day-to-day activities, it’s something you should probably get checked. Most types of muscle pains that answer yes to these last questions will not improve without help. If you think you might need orthotics give us a call (02 43239100) or BOOK AN ASSESSMENT TODAY!