Non-invasive Treatment for Hallux Rigidus: aka the Stiff Big Toe Joint

hallux rigidus Treatment, Vancouver OrthoticsWhat is Hallux Rigidus

Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time, it gets increasingly harder to bend the toe. Hallux refers to the big toe, while rigidus indicates that the toe is rigid and cannot move.

Hallux Rigidus is the fancy term for a movement restricted big toe joint potentially associated with injury or a Bunion formation. A bunion is a painful bursal enlargement  and bone growth that protrude from the joint of your big toe. Dr. Michael Horowitz, a prominent doctor of chiropractic studies, assists in the diagnoses and treatment of bunions. He owns Vancouver Orthotics, in the heart of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Practicing since 2000, he is familiar with the biomechanics of the feet. Biomechanics is the analysis of the movement and structure of living things. Let's explore what bunions are all about and how custom orthotics inserts can help.

Bunions are a round, bump that consists of bone on the side of your big toe. When some of the bones in your foot move out of place, it generates a bunion. This causes your toe to point inward, pushing on the adjacent toe. It develops around the joint and can become fairly large in size. Smaller bunions, which are bunionette's, may develop on the little toe.

Causes of Bunions

Bunions or bunionettes can develop for a multitude of reasons. Since the feet and hands are hereditary aspects of the human body, bunions can pass down through first-party genetics. This means if a person has bunions, their children may develop them as well. It was first-thought that bunions were only hereditary, but that is not the case.

Some medical conditions can cause the bulge. These include arthritis, a foot injury, or a neuromuscular condition. Problems with the tone of your muscles, limp ligaments, joint issue, or flat feet can create bunions.

Additionally, improper fitting shoes can add to the risk. Your overall foot shape or deformity may lead to bunions. Dr. Horowitz can diagnose the problem and may have some insight into what the cause may be.

Symptoms of Hallux Ridigus

The most common symptom of your bunion is the bony bump. Pain will be present. This could be mild discomfort or severe agony. You may see red blotches, discolored skin or a bruise around your big toe joint. Corns or calluses may pop-up around the area where the toes are rubbing together. When you wear shoes or socks, the pain may be more intense. Your shoe may not fit as well as it did before the bunion began appearing. 

How Custom Orthotic Inserts can help

The difference between custom inserts and store-bought inserts is rather simple. Store brands are for generic foot types. While custom orthotic inserts fit your foot perfectly. Universal store insoles may be all right for certain foot problems. However, for a specific condition, such as a bunion, custom would be the ideal choice. Dr. Horowitz uses 3D scanning techniques to obtain your foot's dynamics to a tee. Additionally, if you require further analysis, he has an electronic gait scan. By walking on this metal plate, it records certain information that can be helpful in your diagnosis.

A custom insert can relieve pressure from the bunion. It can protect the area from rubbing on your socks or shoes. This method alleviates pain and discomfort by stabilizing the foot. The insoles can also help realign your toes to minimize additional calluses from rubbing. If left untreated, bunions can grow bigger. The custom orthotic inserts will prevent that from happening.

Dr. Horowitz provides consultation and an extensive analysis to get to the root of your foot issue. During your initial consultation, you will learn your options and his experience will guide you. His number one priority is to help you live a better life. Foot pain can be a mild annoyance or debilitating. You don't have to give up the activities you love. Inserts can greatly improve your overall health. With reasonable prices, you have nothing to lose and only your freedom to gain.

Dr. Michael Horowitz's Vancouver Orthotics office always welcomes new patients. Every custom insert has a warranty on structure and modifications. His integrity is top-notch as your satisfaction is guaranteed. The staff at Dr. Horowitz's office are friendly and ready to assist you in any way.

Hallux Rigidus, Hycroft Medical Building, Vancouver OrthoticsOrthotics is in Vancouver, BS, near the Hycroft medical building at 114-3195 Granville St, Questions? Email Dr. Horowitz at, info@vancouverorthotics.ca. Stop by Dr. Horowitz's website for more information, https://www.vancouverorthotics.ca/. Call, 604-737-3668, to make an appointment, or book your appointment online at https://vancouverorthotics.janeapp.com/. Become pain-free and enjoy life again with custom orthotic inserts!