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How is hallux rigidus diagnosed?
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.
What causes osteochondritis dissecans?
Doctors believe osteochondritis dissecans may be caused by repetitive trauma or stresses to the bone over time. As the articular cartilage degenerates, it changes from a smooth, frictionless surface to a rough cobblestone-like surface. Chips may become detached, floating freely inside the ankle joint and causing pain and a loss of motion. In addition, the joint may become swollen and painful.
What exercises will prevent repeat ankle sprains?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Exercises that help to improve flexibility of the calf musculature as well as exercises to improve strength in the muscles of the foot/ankle and hips will be important to decrease your risk of ankle sprains. Start by performing foam rolling of the calf musculature. If you feel a tender spot, hold the foam roller on that spot for approximately 30 seconds. Next, perform static stretches for the calf. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Next, perform ankle and hip strengthening exercises such as single-leg calf raises and lateral tube walking. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Lastly, perform balancing exercises such as the single-leg balance reach that force you to use both the ankle and hip muscles to control your leg in an unstable environment. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
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