I would like to try manipulation for a stiff toe problem. However, I am concerned that this may just cause further damage to the cartilage/joint and/or speed up the arthritis. I have read that rest is the best thing. What do you think?
I damaged my toe about 8 years ago which set off this problem and have periodic bouts of pain, which last a week or so and then can clear up for a couple of months. My doctor says the range of movement is good enough that it would not classify for surgery on the NHS in the UK (I could go private but I am not keen on surgery in any event). I am 57 and pretty active e.g. running, walking.
Nick, if you have surgery, then whether you do any damage to the cartilage in the meantime is of no consequence other than to expedite eligibility for the procedure! But, of course, we will not be doing that.
When the toe joint is gapped by pulling firmly, the possibility of damage is as good as nil. There may be intense pain during the twisting and gliding as scarred ligaments are stretched and there may be some grinding away of any calcium deposits.
I have been doing this procedure for years and the results are consistently excellent. Give a week rest in between each manipulation.
You may not notice significant improvements for several weeks, so hang in there!
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