IS YOUR FOOT PAIN COMING FROM YOUR BACK PROBLEM, OR IS IT ARTHRITIS?…

As you know I am suffering from foot pain in my right foot and have been sent to see a podiatrist to discuss my problems. I’ve had a cortison injection which didn’t help and have now been sent for an xray.

Hallux rigidus is essentially a progressive arthritis leading to stiffness and pain in the big toe joints , which is caused by the loss of cartilage, which occurs first along the top half of this joint.

They say it can take many years to develop, and in the later stages of this disease process, cartilage covering the remainder of the joint surface also erodes, leading to a progressively worse and more bothersome arthritic joint.

The pain, stiffness, and swelling in the great toe joint, is the main symptom, which can also be similar to Gout and also from low back disc problems. This can be aggravated by prolonged walking/standing and tight shoes. Swelling usually occurs along the top half of the joint, and will be frequently have some bone spurs.

In most cases, the problem can be treated successfully non-operatively but sometimes an operation to shave some bone away. I am now awaiting my results to find out which option my podiatrist will choose for me.

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7 thoughts on “IS YOUR FOOT PAIN COMING FROM YOUR BACK PROBLEM, OR IS IT ARTHRITIS?…

  1. Oh dear Lord, that sounds terrible Barmac! My dear step-daughter of the Rheumatoid Arthritis has lost the padding underneath her feet and toes. She had a stroke at 38, (about 23 years ago) from birth control pills and smoking, So the LHS of her body has been numb and unwieldy ever since.
    This foot problem of yours sounds just like hers, and she has had her surgery, breaking all last three toes to make them straight again, but there is no bringing back the comfort pads which I and others take for granted.
    I am most sorry, Barmac.

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    • Hi Charlotte, thanks I’ll be fine (I hope) I won’t have the results until the end of June as they could only give me a couple of dates to go back and see him and one of them I am back helping Dad. Its not as painful while the weather is warmer and I have thrown a load of shoes out and bought some flat wide ones so I’m coping. Hope your coping with everything and life is settling down somewhat for you. Sorry I haven’t had time to keep in touch via email or facebook but I have been so busy with Dad that I just haven’t had time to go online elsewhere. Take care xxxx

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