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Turf Toe Treatment
Prolotherapy: A Great Alternative Treatment of Hallux Rigidus
Painful, stiff, and rigid. These are definitely not words that describe the average big toe. But they do describe the big toe of someone with hallux rigidus, a condition characterized by bone spurs in the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Basically, the big toe develops a bit of extra bone (the “spur”), which causes difficulty in bending and flexing the big toe.
Development of Bone Spurs
It may sound strange that the big toe can develop extra bone. After all, bone is not the type of thing that one usually thinks of as just growing. However, bone spurs, or extra growths of bone, are common when the body is trying to stabilize the joint that has become unstable through injury. Developing bone spurs is a part of the arthritic process. So hallux rigidus is like arthritis of the big toe.
Turf Toe Injury
In the case of the big toe, the injury is usually jamming the toe, which injures both the ligaments and the joint capsule. Jamming the big toe hard enough to cause injury to the ligaments is actually a more common problem than many people think. It is often called Turf Toe. A 14-year study at Rice University showed an average of four and a half cases of turf toe per year on their football team, making it an injury that people are in search of a cure for.
Treatment for Toe Pain
Most people realize that they have big toe pain and they go to a podiatrist for an evaluation. The podiatrist diagnoses them with bone spurs on their big toe, and the person then proceeds to get a joint replacement in their toe. Alternatively, if a person seeks Prolotherapy directly after injuring a ligament in their foot, the arthritic process can usually be avoided. But if the person uses RICE on their toe, arthritis is much more likely to occur.
Prolotherapy vs. Joint Replacement
Instead of joint replacement, which is a painful and expensive procedure, we recommend Prolotherapy as a great alternative to surgery. Ordinarily at Caring Medical, we get people better in 3-6 visits, depending on the severity of the condition. Getting people better does not just mean masking the symptoms the way painkillers do. It means actually healing the injured ligaments and tissues. The number of visits can be shortened by increasing the strength of the Prolotherapy solution. One of the great things about Caring Medical is that we utilize several different types of Prolotherapy, from dextrose Prolotherapy to PRP Prolotherapy, to bone marrow Prolotherapy.
When a person comes to Caring Medical for a Prolotherapy evaluation, things go differently than in a traditional setting. If hallux rigidus is diagnosed, joint replacement would not be recommended. Instead, Prolotherapy is the treatment of choice and the person avoids a costly procedure. They would, however, get stronger ligaments out of the deal, making Prolotherapy a great alternative to surgery for hallux rigidus.