Joel M Lerner, DPM
Location and Office HoursFoot & Ankle Physicians
Jersey City, NJ 07306
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Horizon HMO (BC/BS of NJ)
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- WellChoice of New Jersey
- Bayonne Medical Center
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center
What causes hallux rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition that affects the base of the big toe, making it difficult to bend the toe up or down. When cartilage wears down in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, the raw bone ends can rub together. As a result, a bone spur may develop and prevent the toe from bending as much as it needs. The condition can result from many factors, including differences in foot anatomy that increase the stress on the joint, fallen arches, rheumatoid arthritis, and past injuries that may have damaged the articular cartilage.
What are Southey's tubes?
Discovery Health answered
English physician Reginald Southey, in the 19th century, introduced the use of small tubes to treat severe fluid overload in the lower legs and feet.
Doctors pushed tiny rubber tubes through a patient's skin and then allowed them to drain. The tubes were subsequently named Southey's tubes. One report said the tubes, which were each about an inch long, could remove up to 40 pounds of fluid within two days.
How can I exercise and still protect my feet as I get older?
James Ioli, Podiatry, answeredIt's wise to wear comfortable supportive shoes, shoe inserts, or both when you plan to increase your activity level (for example, in exercises such as walking, running, or tennis). It may also be time to consider alternative forms of exercise, such as swimming or bicycling, which put less pressure on the joints of the foot. Maintaining some form of exercise routine is vital to help offset problems later.
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