Are you having considerably difficulty bending your large toe? A stiff big toe, or hallux rigidus, can be caused when degenerative arthritis settles into the big toe joint. This condition generally occurs in older folks, since the wear and tear of time on your feet can be largely responsible. Having flat feet, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis can make you more likely to develop a stiff big toe. You don’t really notice how important your big toes are for walking, climbing stairs, or just standing up until you have a problem bending them.
Diagnosis of hallux rigidus can be complicated since the symptoms can be similar to those caused by a bunion. Since the arthritis of hallux rigidus occurs gradually, the initial stages may only limit the movement of the toe and complete stiffness may not occur until later. This initial stage is called hallux limitus. Getting treatment as early as possible will help avoid further complications, so see your foot specialist for proper identification and treatment.
Once the diagnosis of hallux rigidus is confirmed, conservative treatments may include:
- Corticosteroid injection—This may restore normal movement and require several injections spread over time.
- Custom orthotic inserts and proper shoes—These devices are specially made and strategically placed in your footwear to redistribute the pressure and stress on the toes and improve the overall functioning of the foot. They are used in conjunction with properly fitted shoes that have stiffer soles to help relieve pressure on the big toe joint.
- Ibuprofen—Or other recommended anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve pain and inflammation.
For more expert advice on hallux rigidus treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Taking good care of your feet through the holidays is a wonderful way to thank them for all the hard work they do. They allow you to stand, walk, run, shop, and dance with often so little thought given to them, unless something malfunctions or becomes painful. Good foot care is a great way to pamper your fabulous feet and can help avoid complications down the road.
Here are some great foot care tips to help you pamper your feet:
- Daily foot check—One of the best ways to avoid problems with your feet is by catching anything abnormal before it has a chance to worsen. This can be accomplished during a daily foot inspection to look for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and ingrown or fungal toenail trouble.
- Keep your feet clean, dry, and moisturized—Carefully wash your feet every day with warm, soapy water and dry carefully. Keep your skin supple and smooth by applying an emollient cream to rough skin.
- Get a pedicure—A great way to pamper your feet for the holidays is with a professional pedicure. Be sure your salon follows good hygiene practices and that all state and local licenses are up to date.
- Wear comfortable shoes—Only wear high heels on special occasions, if necessary, and choose shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and with plenty of room in the toe box for your toes to move around. Avoiding high heels also helps prevent corns and calluses and other toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.
If you are concerned about any problems you noticed during your foot inspection, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
A foot ulcer is one of the most problematic of events for a patient with diabetes. Since the peripheral neuropathy of diabetes causes a lack of sensation in the extremities, the feet become extremely susceptible to sores and cuts. These injuries can rapidly deteriorate into gangrenous ulcers, possibly requiring amputation of a toe or the entire foot if the infection has spread too far.
The best way to prevent foot ulcers and to avoid the complications and possible amputation risks is to take good care of your feet.
Some excellent methods for preventing diabetic foot ulcers include the following:
- Proper footwear—Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the most common contributors to diabetic foot problems. You also don’t want your shoes to be too loose in order to prevent friction and blisters or other damage to the skin. Your toes need to have enough room to move around, and your ankles and arches need to be adequately supported. Specially designed shoes for those with diabetes have extra room for shoe inserts and ankle supports. Don’t forget about your socks. Socks for patients with diabetes are seamless and have extra cushioning, while the tops are less restrictive to help promote blood circulation.
- Daily foot inspections—Since nerve damage makes it difficult or impossible to know when you have an injury to your foot, it’s very important to perform a thorough foot inspection every day. Look for any blisters, cuts, or other wounds. Also pay attention to cracks in the skin that can allow bacteria to enter, possibly causing infection. Check the bottoms of your feet using a mirror, and be sure to carefully inspect between the toes. Remember to always look carefully at your toenails for signs of a fungal nail infection.
For more expert advice on foot ulcer prevention and treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Many patients with diabetes will develop a condition called peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by a lack of feeling or numbness in the extremities. The cause of this loss of feeling is from damage to the nerve endings created by high blood sugar. Since this reduced sensation often affects the feet, one has to be very careful with any cuts, bruises, or blisters since they can go unnoticed and rapidly become infected leading to foot ulcers and possible amputation.
If you have diabetes, you already know how important it is to take care of your feet by managing your illness and following your doctor’s prescriptions. The importance of a good diet cannot be overemphasized, and the consumption of vital nutrients can even reverse or prevent diabetic nerve damage. It is important to consume foods that are rich in B vitamins to help nerves better communicate with each other. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will help slow down the aging process and help the nerves to heal. Minerals such as magnesium and copper are also essential for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin.
Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is a great way to get many of these essential nutrients. Also include fish, low fat meats, whole grains, and low fat dairy products in your diet. Some patients with gluten sensitivity may benefit from avoiding foods containing barley, wheat, and rye. Alcohol consumption should also be stopped or greatly limited since it can exacerbate neuropathy symptoms.
By being proactive to keep your nerves in good shape, you can slow or stop peripheral neuropathy and prevent debilitating complications.
For more expert advice on diabetes treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Usually when you stub your toe it’s no big deal—except for the extreme, sharp pain that occurs after you slam your bare foot into the bathroom door jamb! But other than that, stubbed toes tend to hurt a lot more than the situation would appear to require. Your toes have a large amount of nerve endings and not much fat tissue to absorb the impact of an unprotected hit, so they really hurt!
How can I tell if my toe is broken?
While most stubbed toe injuries are nothing to cry about, if you heard a popping or cracking sound when you stubbed your toe, it may be broken. Other signs that you may have fractured your toe include bleeding underneath the toenail, pain upon weight bearing, and swelling and discoloration that does not subside after a few days. These signs may also indicate a tendon injury, ligament damage, contusion, or joint dislocation.
Complications that may occur from a severe big toe injury include possible infection, especially in those with compromised immune systems. Children should always have stubbed toe injuries professionally evaluated to rule out the possibility of osteomyelitis, which is a bone inflammation that can cause severe complications if left untreated.
Most often, the pain and discomfort will be greatly diminished after the first day. For severe injuries where tendon, ligament, or bone damage is suspected, the toe may be taped or splinted. An immobilizing boot may be prescribed to prevent further damage, and to keep the injury stabilized while it heals. Surgery may be necessary, especially if bone fragments need to be removed from in or around the joint.
For more expert advice on broken toe treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
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