Healthy joints are pain free joints. If you have been in an accident or dropped something heavy on your foot in the area of your big toe joint, you may have a condition called “HALLUX RiGIDUS.”
“We see this problem a lot in our offices,” states Dr. Eric Silvers, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon. “Symptoms can vary from extreme pain to a feeling of grinding without much discomfort,” he says. Hallux rigidus is caused by trauma, whether it be acute or repetitive microtraumas that result in the joint cartilage thinning or becoming absent. Many time only one joint is affected at a time in the case of osteoarthritis, but even patient that have inflammatory arthritis can suffer from hallux rigidus.
Dr. Silvers treats mild hallux rigidus with foot plates, custom orthotics and stable shoe gear. Advanced cases can and often require surgery where the joint may be cleaned up or eliminated by removing and fusing the joint.
“We find the surgical procedures to be very successful in our hands”, Silvers adds. He goes on to state that every patient presents differently so we tailor treatments and goals to the specific patient findings and preferences.
If you have any great toe joint pain, please call us and request consultation with Dr. Silvers or any one of our 4 providers here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center-McKinney and Prosper. 972-542-2155