This started a week ago--I can't get into podiatrist for 2 wks and it hurts with evry step. I googled it and it said it could be a form of arthritis or bone spur on the joint called hallux rigidus. How did this happen? I need my feet. i am a 4 mi a day speed walker--(it used to be called jogging--but at i am 50-- it is more like a fast shuffle)
I had tendenitis in my shoulder and cortisone helped that. Is that what they do for this?
I walk at 4:30 every morn and it will kill me to stop. I like being in shape--eating what I want, and having fit legs. I am afraid I will gain weight!!
What can be done? Anyone else have this affliction?
I've had kind of a similar problem, but it wasn't my toe. For the last year I've had trouble with my left foot. A year ago, I had started working out more rigoursly. Between being on my feet at work and working out I had severe pain in my left foot. I never saw a doctor, but various friends and family members said it could be a stress fracture, a heel spur, a strain. The pain had gone away with rest and icing it for a few days. It flared up again this summer because I overexerted it. I again rested it and iced it and within a couple days it was good again. I know how painful this is. I know you're concerned with gaining weight or not being able to exersize, my guess is that it will probably require some rest, maybe icing it, but I don't think it will be a situation where you're going to have to stop exercisizing and end up gaining weight.
Ten years ago my big toe suddenly started killing me. I thought I'd broken my toe, although I wasn't able to remember anything I'd done. It was bad the first day, but in two days it was bad enough that I couldn't sleep or put any pressure on it at all.
It was an acute gout attack. Since then I've developed chronic gout, but it's under control with medication.
I went to a podiatrist and he told me to not do any incline work. He also gave me an insert for my shoe. He said the only way to correct it is surgery, so I am trying to deal with it. Using the treadmill without the incline has helped. I hope you have better luck.
It doesn't sound like gout to me as much as it sounds like what I have, which is what you found on the Google search. I have had cortisone which helped a little (actually it made my whole foot feel better as I have arthritis in the tops of my feet too), but not the toe as much. He said he could do it two more times, but I haven't been back. The first course of action before cortisone was trying me on anti-inflamatories, but those didn't work at all. You could try taking three or four Motrin, which is prescription strength, and see if that makes a difference. If neither that nor the cortisone helps, the next course of action is surgery. There are three different types I think, but I haven't researched that option too much because I am not ready to go that route. I work out too, but had to move from the treadmill (at probably a similar pace to what you have been going) to the elliptical, which doesn't usually bother the toe. If you do not go to a gym or own an elliptical you may need to move to walking rather than jogging. As a PP mentioned there may also be an insert they can make for your shoe, but that option was not presented to me by my podiatrist at all.
Good luck! I understand your pain. Sometimes when it really flares up I can't even stand for the sheet to touch it in bed.