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Baylor, Scott & White Plano


Hallux Limitus | Toe Pain and Limited Movement

by Dr. David R. Northcutt
Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

“Hi, my name is Dr. David Northcutt. I’m going to talk a little bit today about Hallux Limitus, or Hallux Rigidus. Hallux refers to the first toe, Limitus or Rigidus refers to limited motion or the rigidity of the first toe joint. This condition can lead to loss of cartilage, also known as arthritis.

This develops due to structural deformities of the foot, as well as biomechanics problems. Over time, the big toe joint moves less and less which causes more and more pain. This problem is exacerbated by certain types of shoes and activities. Running, squatting, and wearing high heels often times will cause more pain in the joint. The higher the heel of the shoe, the more stress is placed on the first toe joint, which can lead to more pain.

The way that this is treated is with anti-inflammatories, sometimes orthotics can be used, also injections can be helpful. Shoe modifications are also one of the best methods for reducing pain. When non-surgical methods do not work, surgery sometimes is indicated. That does sometimes include just shaving the bones off the top or the bump off the top of the joint. It also can include fusing the first toe or putting in a fake joint to reduce the pain.

The best time to treat this is when pain first starts. It’s a lot easier to treat the joint early rather than wait until surgery would be indicted.

These are bone spurs that will form and will cause pain, there is also decrease in joint space, which also causes pain.

If you have any questions or pain in the area of your first toe joint, please feel free to give us a call. We would be honored to be a part of your healthcare team!”

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Derrick W.

The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

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