In many cases, early treatment of hallux rigidus may prevent or postpone the need for surgery. Treatment for mild or moderate cases may include shoe modifications, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. In some cases, however, surgery is the only way to eliminate or reduce pain.
David M. Grace, DPM
Location and Office HoursFoot & Ankle Care of Frederick
Frederick, MD 21703
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- How is hallux rigidus treated?
How is arthritis of the midfoot diagnosed?
In order to diagnose arthritis of the midfoot, the doctor will examine your foot and may order imaging studies. Weight-bearing x-rays can demonstrate loss of joint space in the midfoot joints, which is characteristic of arthritis.
How do I know if I need an x-ray of my injured ankle?
X-rays are an excellent tool for making sure that there is not a broken bone (a.k.a., fracture). Is there an obvious difference in appearance between the injured ankle and the uninjured ankle? If so you will want to get an x-ray immediately. If there is no obvious deformity, it can be tough to know if an x-ray is necessary, but there is a set of guidelines (called the Ottawa ankle rules) that can be followed to decide if you need an x-ray.
Ottawa ankle rules:
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- The inability to walk four steps both immediately and following the injury and at the time of examination.
- Pain is felt when the back half of the malleolus (the ball looking bones on each side of your ankle), or six centimeters above or below the malleolus, is touched.
- Pain is felt on the outside (little toe side) of your foot, specifically the 5th metatarsal, or on top of the foot close to where your heel is (the navicular bone).