Big Toe Pain - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim
Bone on the big toe: a deformity characteristic of women
A bone on the big toe is not only not aesthetically pleasing, but also very painful when wearing traditional shoes. Some women, not knowing how to get rid of this defect, consider their healing impossible and do not even make attempts to treat the pathology. And it’s in vain, since this deformity of the foot is amenable to therapy. You can even heal your legs from the disorder with folk remedies.
True, standard therapy and orthopedic consultation will not be superfluous in this case. In medical practice, this pathology is called hallux valgus . The protruding element near the thumb represents the curvature of the metatarsophalangeal joint.
The causes of such a disorder are manifold, so you should not assume that the defect can affect only an elderly person with a clear tendency to joint pathologies. Treatment options for bones on the legs depend on provoking factors, and on the dynamics of the primary method of therapy, and on the dynamics of the defect development. An osteopath and orthopedist will decide how you can get rid of the bones on your legs.
Reasons formation of a foot defect
The appearance of a bone on the foot is an unpleasant addition to flat feet. It appears with an extreme degree of weakening of the ligamentous apparatus of the foot. The main risk group includes, of course, women who prefer to wear shoes with heels. Deformation can occur due to wearing uncomfortable, too tight or high shoes.
The reasons for the appearance of a bone on the leg should include a genetic factor (hereditary predisposition along straight female lines), congenital and acquired chronic diseases, alimentary factors (improper nutrition, provoking obesity).
Women often have to deal with this disorder due to wearing high-heeled shoes, especially if the shape of the shoe is complemented with a classic tapered toe.
Constant walking in such shoes provokes an incorrect and disharmonious load on the forefoot. Too much stress on this area, in turn, leads to curvature of the joint.
The fair sex is more susceptible to such a misfortune, since their ligaments are less strong and elastic by themselves.
The hereditary factor is also important in this regard. If the girl's mother or grandmother (maternal or paternal) suffers from a curvature of the joint, it is likely that thethe property will also affect her.
In this case, it is important to minimize the influence of provoking factors, exclude irrational loads on the feet, refuse to wear tight shoes with heels and closely monitor weight fluctuations with a tendency to overweight. By the way, being overweight is no less harmful than tight shoes. It also destabilizes the load on the feet and can be the root cause of this deformity.
Changes in the normal physiological structure of the feet can provoke mechanical injuries to the legs, however, without the addition of additional provoking factors, such an outcome is unlikely.
The hormonal imbalance that the fragile female body undergoes at different periods of life can also have a negative effect on the health of the legs. The fact that a bone appears and hurts on the legs near the thumbs is most often encountered by women who have reached the age of forty.
During this period, many functions of the body decline, and the susceptibility to such anomalies increases. However, pathology occurs even in adolescence, especially among those who suffer from hallux valgus purely for genetic reasons. It should be emphasized that this disease is extremely rare among men: in about one case out of fifteen.
Symptoms and clinical manifestations
Hallux valgus can develop for a long time and practically not make itself felt. Its first manifestations are expressed in the formation of a bump near the big toe. Moreover, this often happens with both legs at the same time. At first, the lump is painful to palpate (press on it). Then there is serious discomfort when wearing regular shoes.
Some patients begin to limp from painful sensations while walking. At the initial stage of the development of deformity, pain occurs only after long walks and during certain movements of the legs. Then visual changes take place, which, as a rule, do not keep you waiting.
First, the big toe bends towards the rest, then a bone protrudes on the inner side of the foot. The bone grows rather quickly in size, it can swell and hurt, while the pathological process progresses, and the thumb deviates more and more to the side.
How and when to treat a bone with folk remedies? Unfortunately, therapy using grandmother's recipes is relevant only if you find a violation in its embryonic stages in a timely manner. And not everyone succeeds in this, because, as we said, the deformity progresses rapidly, and the clinical picture at first is not very specific and rather blurred.
When the foot undergoes an impressive deformation, alas, neither alternative, nor even conservative means will help. Only a full-fledged surgical intervention is appropriate here.
The most popular method of treatment among the people is a clay compress:
- Mix 50 g of red clay with 1 tbsp. sea salt and fill with a small glass of warm water;
- Shake the contents of the dish and add 5-7 drops of turpentine to the resulting mass;
- Mix the components and apply a dense layer over the deformation;
- Hold the compress until the fully set and the clay hardens;
- Rinse off the mass with warm water without cleansing agents and pat your feet dry with a soft towel.
If you use this method, but do not see positive dynamics, be sure to consult a doctor while conservative methods are still possible! The longer you delay with adequate treatment, the more likely you will need surgery!
When contacting a doctor with such a problem, be prepared to strictly follow his recommendations and prescriptions.
You will probably be recommended:
- Diet therapy - especially if you are overweight;
- Comfortable orthopedic shoes - exceptionally high-quality products made of genuine leather with the most comfortable insole. Some doctors recommend that you periodically wear a special orthopedic splint to treat a bone in your leg. In some cases, the splint does help in a short time put the bone in place . From now on, socks should also be chosen carefully: they should only be made of natural fabrics so as not to impede breathing of the skin;
- Physiotherapy exercises and professional foot massage;
- Anti-inflammatory drugs;
- Surgical intervention.
If the case is running, and the operation is impossible due to a number of contraindications, doctors prefer orthopedic correction of the defect - splints and fixators. The brace for the bones on the legs is selected and developed individually, and the length of the period of wearing it depends on the complexity of the original case.
Do not hesitate to contact a specialist at the first signs of a defect. The sooner the deformity is detected, the higher the chance of painless and effective treatment with gentle, gentle methods. Be healthy, and let no ailments affect the beauty and health of your lovely legs!