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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Salisbury, MD 21801
- How is hallux rigidus diagnosed?
How is osteochondritis dissecans diagnosed?
To initially diagnose osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), your doctor will conduct a physical exam to assess for tenderness, stability of the ligaments and tendons and range of motion. Sometimes, it is necessary to aspirate the joint fluid for diagnostic purposes. X-rays can reveal signs of arthritis, loose bodies, chip fractures and other bone abnormalities. Your doctor may also seek more sophisticated imaging studies, such as MRIs, CT scans or bone scans.
What is calcaneal apophysitis?
Calcaneal apophysitis is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. It typically affects children between the ages of eight and 14 because their heel bone is not fully developed.
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