Kim Kardashian and many other celebs are opting to have a new procedure called “Loub Job” to reduce the pain of hallux limitus. Hallux limitus, often known as stiffness in the big toe, makes it very difficult for women to wear high heels. The procedure calls for restoring lubrication and lost cushioning to the joint in the big toe with the help of hyaluronic acid injected into the foot. Those suffering from hallux limitus have reduced range of motion in the big toe in addition to increased amount of pain in the joint. With the help of this new procedure, high heel wearers can go pain free for months at a time.
What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus
Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot. This condition is not of serious matter, but should be treated to avoid a hallux rigdus.
Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.
How Do I Get It?
Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.
Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.
X-rays are the most common used methods for diagnosis; it is also performed with a test to see the general function of the big toe.
Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.
R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.
It is important that when one suffers any kind of foot injury, one should not over exert the toe with strenuous physical activity. Too much activity can destroy the cartilage, making the toe even stiffer.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.