Have you ever suspected you have arthritis in your big toe joint? It is one of those conditions that slowly creeps up on you. You may be going about your business only to notice that your big toe joint hurts! You may end up limping around for an hour or even a few days and then it disappears only to reappear when you least expect it! What’s up with this? Well, it may be plain ol’arthitis!
Arthritis in the big toe (aka: hallux) joint is known as "Hallux Limitus" or Hallux Rigidus" depending on whether it the motion in your toe is limited or not moving at all (rigid). Basically, how much arthritis you have puts you in either one of those categories. So here it how it works. Over the years, all of your joints wear down to some extent. We start to lose the cartilage, (this is the stuff covering the bones at the joint so the joint can glide smoothly). Once we have worn down enough cartilage, the bones at the joint start making bone on bone contact instead of cartilage on cartilage contact, and this causes pain. This bone on bone rubbing is not as smooth either and it limits the amount of movement at the joint. This is arthritis. As the amount of arthritis in the joint increases, the amount of pain in that joint increases as well!
How does it all start? I tell my patient that simply stubbing your toe, which most of us have done at some point or other, can accelerate the wearing down process. Many times, arthritis in the big toe joint shows up in people with other foot conditions, such as bunions, or flat feet or high arched feet simply because of how our bones line up in the feet. If they are not perfectly aligned, that joint will wear down quicker because it was not meant to work in that position.
What can be done about the pain? Once you have been diagnosed, your podiatrist will be able to tell you just how severe the arthritis in your big toe joint is and treatment will be based on that. Treatment could include anti-inflammatories, custom inserts, physical therapy, shoe alterations, padding, cortisone injections, and in the worst of cases, surgery. That being said, the sooner you see us about your big toe pain, the quicker we can slow down the damage being done to that joint and keep you moving!
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
Foot pain related to congenital and acquired foot and ankle deformities is extremely prevalent in our society. Pain can be from flat feet or a high arched foot and associated gait problems; or be from a progressive deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe. Our doctors are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the underlying deformity to help you function at your best. We want to prevent your problems from getting worse, no matter what you inherited from your family! God may have had a sense of humor when he created your feet, but we will work with you to optimize your biomechanical function and aesthetics! No one should suffer from ugly, painful feet!
Neurological foot and ankle issues can be a burning or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or just a "pins and needles" sensation. Nerve can be affected by compression at the spine level, knee level, ankle level or in your foot. Neuropathy can be a subtle nerve degeneration from aging, diabetes, and a myriad of other causes. Do not assume your nerve issues will go away or that nothing can be done. A proper diagnosis can lead to alleviation of your nerve troubles.
Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.