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1/3. The association of hallux limitus with the accessory navicular.

    hallux limitus is one of the most prevalent, debilitating disorders of the first metatarsophalangeal joint, and it has many proposed etiologies. This article reviews these etiologies, focusing primarily on the pes planus foot. The pes planus foot type is often associated with symptomatic hallux limitus and the accessory navicular. This article discusses this correlation, although a causal relationship has not been proven. The prevalence and classification of the accessory navicular are also discussed. Clinical cases involving symptomatic hallux limitus occurring concomitantly with an accessory navicular are reviewed, including radiographic findings, symptoms, and surgical treatment. ( info)

2/3. Nonoperative management of functional hallux limitus in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Functional hallux limitus (FHL) is a condition that affects motion at the first metatarsophalangeal joint and may lead to abnormal forefoot plantar pressures, pain, and difficulty with ambulation. The purpose of this case report is to describe a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and FHL who was managed with foot orthoses, footwear, shoe modifications, and patient education. CASE DESCRIPTION: The patient was a 55-year-old woman diagnosed with seropositive RA 10 years previously. Her chief complaint was bilateral foot pain, particularly under the left great toe. Her foot pain had been present for several years, but during the past 5 months it had intensified and interfered with her work performance, activities of daily living, and social life. OUTCOMES: Following 4 sessions of physical therapy over a 6-week time period, the patient reported complete relief of forefoot pain despite no change in medication use or RA disease pathophysiology. She was able to continuously walk for up to 4 hours. Left hallux peak plantar pressures were reduced from 43 N/cm2 to 18 N/cm2 with the foot orthoses. DISCUSSION: patients with RA who develop FHL may benefit from physical therapist management using semirigid foot orthoses, footwear, shoe modifications, and patient education. ( info)

3/3. Functional hallux limitus and lesser-metatarsal overload.

    The implications of functional hallux limitus for lesser-metatarsal overload are discussed. A new method of treating functional hallux limitus is proposed, and three case histories are reviewed showing adequate resolution of symptoms using the proposed method of treatment. A proposed mechanism for the development of functional hallux limitus is discussed, and different methods of identification are illustrated. ( info)

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