During a google search of "Hallux Rigidus", I came upon your video demonstrating how manipulation can fix it. I've had the condition for about 20 years, the original trauma having occurred while stubbing my right big toe while running on the beach. I've been an avid marathon runner for many years, but have had to gradually give up long distance running because of the pain (arch area as well as the big toe...right foot only). I finally went to a podiatrist who fashioned orthotics for me, but my foot hurts more the days after wearing them. He says I need a titanium hemi implant of the toe joint, which shows up in X-Rays as having severe calcium deposits...essentially the joint is non-functioning. I've considered having this surgery, but after reading about others' experiences with this, some of them have worse pain after the procedure. I can walk fine, but I miss running! I do not want my condition to deteriorate. I've been icing the area. Do you know of any trained therapists in the Honolulu area who are proficient in your manipulation technique?
Surgery may be necessary but only after all conservative options have been thoroughly explored and exhausted. There is no going back following surgery. And it can be expensive and the surgery may not be the end of it. Here are several things you can do, some or all of which may assist:
- Ensure your vitamin d levels are optimum - 120-160nmols.
- Take a quality glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM supplement.
- Take 2,000mg of vitamin C daily.
- Complete the Active Elements assessment on this website and purchase the tissue salts that are subsequently recommended.
- Get blood tests for measures like your haemoglobin and ferritin levels and ensure all are in the upper levels of healthy ranges. Get liver and kidney function tested.
- You may benefit from a liver and bowel detoxification (I recommend the Herbal Detox Programme).
- You may be better off discarding your orthotics and replace with a pair of Formthotics Shock Stop which you can get off this site.
- Once you have the above measures in place for at least a month, try a course of toe mobilisation. Do this weekly for a month by which time the residual pain should be beginning to abate.
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