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#597 Hallux Rigidus vs Hallux Limitus, what is the difference?

If you get pain and swelling and discomfort particularly in and around the big toe joint, you may have a condition called hallux limitus or hallux rigidus.

Hallux limitus and hallux rigidus are both conditions that affect the big toe joint. It causes pain right where your big toe attaches to your foot.

Many runners with this condition don’t even understand the difference between hallux limitus and hallux rigidus.

There are really a few things that define the difference between these two conditions.

Understanding the differences may help you get clarity after a doctor visit.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about hallux rigidus versus hallux limitus. What’s the difference?

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#421 Can I do calf raises with hallux rigidus?

This is a great question from one of the YouTube viewers.
Can I do calf raises with hallux rigidus?

He wanted to know whether or not calf raises might cause more damage to the big toe joint. He wants to make sure that condition does not get worse.

This runner wanted to know whether or not it was safe.

And that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#400 I think I have a bunion but my toe is straight

A bunion deformity is a really common problem, and a bunion is when your big toe moves over and starts pushing against the second toe. Over time that can get bad enough that the big toe actually sits on top or underneath the second toe.
Now because this thing is so common, whenever you get a bump of any kind around that area, people often think that they have bunions, and that’s exactly what happened with this runner when I did his second opinion consultation.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about a runner who said that he thought he had a bunion, but his big toe was straight.

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#397 Is cortisone good or bad for hallux rigidus?

A question came up during a recent telemedicine visit I was doing with a runner who has hallux rigidus. He wanted to know whether or not it was a good idea or a bad idea to inject the big toe joint with cortisone to treat his hallux rigidus.

Everything in medicine, the doctor is basically looking at your circumstances, trying to figure out what you really want short-term and long-term, and then figuring out whether or not that treatment is actually appropriate and really best for you given your circumstances, given your condition, and your goals.

There is nothing that is risk-free in medicine. So when you have a cortisone injection in the big toe joint for hallux rigidus, what’s happening is you’re doing the corticosteroid injection to reduce the inflammation. It’s very effective at that. Corticosteroids, however, are also very effective at breaking up collagen bonds.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not cortisone injections are good or bad for hallux rigidus.

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