Kim Kardashian has recently taken on a new foot procedure called a “Loub Job” to reduce high heel foot pain such as the hallux limitus. Hallux limitus occurs in the big toe and causes limited movement in one of the joints leaving the toe unable to move up or down.
The procedure involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the first joint of the big toe to restore lubrication and cushioning to the joint. The procedure is said to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the toe. Kardashian and many high heel wearing women are opting into the procedure to avoid surgery.
Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. To learn more, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.
What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus
Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.
Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.
How Do I Get It?
Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.
Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.
Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.
R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.
If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and treatment for your foot and ankle needs.
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