The 27th Annual Ostrich Festival will be taking place on March 13, 14, and 15, providing Chandler, AZ with three packed days of fun and entertainment. There will be plenty of live music, exciting attractions, and, of course, ostriches. If you are suffering from a bone spur or arthritis in your foot, though, you may not be able to enjoy everything the festival has to offer.
It is most likely a lot of fun to walk on water inside a sealed 6 ½ foot-diameter hamster ball, but you will need your big toe to push down while trying to propel your ball forward. When you suffer from a bone spur brought on by hallux rigidus, a disorder that affects the joint at the base of your big toe, there is pain and stiffness in your metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint and, unfortunately, you should probably skip out on the water ball experience at the Ostrich Festival.
Hallux rigidus is often caused by either faulty biomechanics or abnormalities in a foot structure, both of which can lead to bone spurs as well as an onset of osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis is the type that results in “wear and tear” issues, especially in joints.
When you have developed this condition in your first MTP joint, there are various nonsurgical treatment measures that can be effective when the problem is caught early enough. These include:
Orthotic Devices – Our office can take measurements of your feet and create orthotics especially for you that can improve foot function.
Shoe Modifications – Change your footwear to ones that have a large toe box to place less pressure on your affected toe.
Medications – Our staff can provide recommendations for medication that will reduce your pain and inflammation in the area.
Injection Therapy – Injecting corticosteroids is another option that can be used to decrease the pain and inflammation that accompanies this condition.
If you need more information about how hallux rigidus can affect you, or you want expert podiatric care to take care of a bone spur so you can enjoy experiences like the Ostrich Festival, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. We have offices conveniently located in Chandler and Gilbert, AZ. Call us at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler office, (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert office, or use our online form to request an appointment.
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