The Hallux rigidus splint

The Hallux rigidus splint

Not infrequently the last chance is one Hallux rigidus appropriate therapy, a surgery. At the end of this procedure, a wire is usually inserted lengthways into the foot to help the metatarsophalangeal joint that has been operated on in the first days and weeks of recovery and to secure the position of the toe, but this is often not enough.

In many patients, deformations occur again in the area of ​​the joint or the rolling process continues painful. To avoid this, some doctors prescribe their patients a hallux rigidus splint after surgery.

This splint is placed around the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe, which can usually be done well even by those affected without medical help. With the help of Velcro fasteners, the tightness of the Hallux rigidus splint can be varied according to individual requirements. Its purpose is to prevent progressive curvature of the joint and to relieve the joint.

Some patients find it uncomfortable to wear such a splint. On the one hand, it exerts significant pressure on the already damaged toe joint and, on the other hand, it is usually difficult to wear in a shoe. That is why it is usually recommended to wear the Hallux rigidus splint during the night or only by the hour during the day to get used to it. In most cases, the splint, which is available in common medical supply stores and also on the Internet, is prescribed for about 3 months. However, there are also those affected who wear them for over half a year. In these patients, however, you should make sure that the splint is changed after about 3 months.

The benefits of a rail when Hallux rigidus is (in contrast to its use in the similar clinical picture of hallux valgus) not yet finally proven and still controversial. Not all Surgeons and Orthopedists inform their patients about this possibility and automatically issue a prescription for a splint. However, if you have the feeling that the operated joint is shifting slightly again, it is advisable to speak to the doctor about it and if a person concerned expresses the wish to wear a splint, this will usually be followed.

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