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Monday, September 02, 2013

I've been been having this constant pain in my big right toe

"I've been been having this constant pain in my big right toe. For 2 years now, my toe is quite stiff, i have some movement upwards and downwards is normal. But after doing a bit of running or too much walking, it can be painful. 

Last week, while in Romania, I visited Dr. XXX, who seems to be an expert on this field. And he said I have Hallux rigidus and that i will need to have surgery soon. He suggested shortening of the Metarsal bone. with the consequence, that I will not be able to run anymore after. And im a very active person that likes sports. Im 40 btw. He said i have the last stage of Hallux Rigidus. 

Since then, Ive been looking for alternatives to this problem and came across you site. Are you able to suggest a better solution? Thank you for your time. 

Regards XXX" (name withheld).
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Gary:
The video below has had over 155,000 views and explains part of the solution for a painful, stiff toe:
 


Here is some feedback:

"I appreciate the Gary Moller links, the Hallux Rigidus one from a while back was helpful. Unfortunately I don't get enough of the rehab treatments as I do the damaging jui-jitsu jamming treatmentsimage. But I think I'm getting enough to limit further damage. I went to a new chiro (after a long search for the best in the area) & he tended to think I may get away with it as long as I continue with the Moller techniques. He said as long as I did jui-jitsu I probably wouldn't be able to fully heal it, but he wasn't going to tell me to stop doing something I love. He just wanted to give out info so I as the patient would be informed & able to make a decision based off more info. Which I can respect & if it gets bad enough I will (reluctantly) lay off jui-jitsu to see if it heals. So far it only sporadically hurts when it feels jammed & I have to "pop" it back into mobility. Then it hurts for a few seconds never even up to a minute.
So far so good."


And
"The hallux rigidus/limitus treatments was what first led me to his website. I had that problem for many years and I finally bit the bullet and got the operation last year. Had I known about his program I might never have needed to do that.The hallux rigidus/limitus treatments was what first led me to his website. I had that problem for many years and I finally bit the bullet and got the operation last year. Had I known about his program I might never have needed to do that."

Technically, if you still have some movement in your toe, you do not have Hallux Rigidus - It is limited movement - not rigid.  But I do refer to "rigidus" as do most, because it is the popular term.  It is also the condition that leads to the invasive one-way only treatments, principally surgery.  Personally, I think I would rather have my big toe amputated than fused.  At least I might still be able to run!

What is not addressed in this video is the nutritional, medical and lifestyle factors that may impact on the big toe.  The big toe is your canary in the coal mine: If it begins to die then you know you have a problem.  Your big toe is at the very end of your body: If there is anything amiss, such as lack of a nutrient, kidney disease or diminishing circulation, your big toe may be the first to warn you with cries of distress.

So, if you have developed an arthritic toe for no apparent reason, you need to consider all the possibilities that may be impacting on your health and vitality such as:
  • Medications including, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone-sparing, mega-doses of vitamin D, asthma drugs, steroids, thyroid drugs and anti-depressants.
  • Chronic infection, most often deep in the body and undetected.
  • Toxins such as arsenic, mercury and lead.
  • Deficiencies or excesses of nutrients such as vitamin D, iodine, calcium, all vitamins, protein and even salt.
  • Excessive, chronic stress.
There are other factors such as long hours in rigid footwear, like work boots that do not allow the feet and toes to flex and extend as they were designed for (Joints thrive on "normal" movement).  As far as I know, hallux rigidus is as good as non-existent in societies where barefoot is the norm.

And, the main cause of your pain may not be arthritic: It may be tendonitis of the toe tendon, flexor hallucis longus.

If you want to take this further, I can help no matter where you are, so long as you have broadband.  Much can be achieved using Skype video technology.  Please complete this form, with payment and we will be in action!
http://www.garymoller.com/Consultation/Private-Consultation.aspx


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