The sooner hallux rigidus is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. If you find it difficult to bend your toe or find you are walking on the outside of your foot because of pain in the toe, seek help from your doctor. In diagnosing hallux rigidus, the doctor will examine your feet and move the toe to determine its range of motion. X-rays will help determine the size and location of any bone spurs, how much arthritis is present and whether other abnormalities may have formed.
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- How is hallux rigidus diagnosed?
How is hindfoot arthritis diagnosed?
To diagnose hindfoot arthritis, the doctor will examine your foot and may ask you to walk so he or she can observe your gait. X-rays will help reveal any degenerative changes. Additional tests such as MRI may also be called for to help determine any other abnormalities or sources of pain.
How is midfoot arthritis treated?
Treatment of midfoot arthritis usually entails resting the foot, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, wearing supportive shoes and using a cane or crutches. Weight loss may be recommended to reduce the burden on the foot. If these steps are unsuccessful, surgery may be needed to reduce pain.
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