Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Usually this condition is caused by a biomechanical or structural abnormality of the foot that can progress to osteoarthritis and continued wear and tear of the joint. This disorder can be caused by a flat foot and excessive pronation, by overuse due to increased activities that causes stress to the great toe, by a traumatic injury, by an inflammatory disease such as gout/rheumatoid arthritis, as well as an inherited family trait.
In diagnosing Hallux Rigidus, your surgeon will examine your feet and move the toe to determine its range of motion. X-rays will be ordered to evaluate the extent of arthritis as well as other bony abnormalities. A CT or MRI scan may be ordered as well for advanced cases or cases that develop secondary to another condition.
Early treatment may prevent or postpone the need for surgery in the future. Treatment for mild or moderate cases of Hallux Rigidus may include:
In some cases, surgery is the only way to eliminate or reduce pain. There are several types of surgery for treatment of hallux rigidus. In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, the foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, and other factors. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.
When Hallux Rigidus has progressed or failed to improve with non-surgical treatment, surgery may be recommended. In some advanced cases with extensive arthritis, surgery may be the only option. The goal of surgery is to decrease pain and improve function. Your surgeon will consider a number of factors when selecting the procedure best suited to your x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, your condition and your lifestyle.
Surgery is typically an outpatient procedure (day surgery) and scheduled at your convenience.
A splint or boot will be placed on your surgical foot/ankle after surgery. No weight to the surgical foot/ankle is advised until your surgeon encourages weight bearing.