Stiff Big Toe and Orthotics
Hallux limitus is a condition where the big toe joint gets sore, stiff, and inflamed. If not treated, it can turn into hallux rigidus, where the joint cannot move, causing a lot of pain and difficulty walking. To help with these issues, foot doctors focus on making the joint move better to reduce pain and improve how it works. They often use special shoe inserts with a deeper heel and a part that supports the inside of the foot. The doctors also look at whether the problem is because the joint does not work well or if it is because of the shape of the foot. Depending on the issue, they may use different kinds of inserts. They usually avoid certain materials and features that can make things worse. When making these inserts for everyday shoes, podiatrists think about things like foot strength and how the foot lines up. They may suggest exercises, massage, and good shoes. If you have a stiff and painful big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment, which may include orthotics.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.