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.
Larry G. Wells, DPM
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- Corry Memorial Hospital
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How can I avoid Achilles tendinitis when exercising?
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredThe pain of Achilles tendinitis is sometimes accompanied by swelling or stiffness that worsens with exercise. To prevent this problem, do warm-up stretches before you exercise. Also, make sure your shoes fit properly. An athletic shoe that digs into your heel or provides little support is an invitation to trouble.
How can switching from high heels to flat shoes cause foot pain?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWearing heels for long periods can result in a shortening and tightening of the Achilles' tendon. When you walk in a relatively flat shoe, your foot flexes up (dorsiflexes) when your heel hits the ground and then flexes down (plantarflexes) as you toe off. If the Achilles' tendon is short and tight because of high heels, the foot loses its ability to flex up and down, so switching to a flat can cause heel and calf pain. Flats can also aggravate conditions like plantar fasciitis if they lack good arch and heel support.
If you're moving away from high heels to flats, do so gradually, wearing lower heels at first. That will give your Achilles' tendon time to relax and stretch out. You might also try doing some of the standard exercises for stretching the Achilles' tendon.
The basic maneuver involves keeping your heel on the ground and your leg straight as you lean forward.
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