Stiff Big Toe
This disorder is characterised by the effective rigidity of the big toe, which can neither bend by itself nor be bent by external forces. It occurs when a bony spur is formed on the metatarsal head, blocking the entire toe. This problem causes pain both whilst walking and in other activities involving the feet, such as climbing stairs or standing on tiptoe. There can be several causes, including repeated traumas, arthrosis and the natural aging of tissues.
A mixture of phototherapy, ultrasound and magnetotherapy complemented by TENS, if desired.
Method of action
This form of therapy helps to build new tissue and ensure the proper alignment of the tissue fibres so that full strength and flexibility can be restored. In the case of a chronic illness, ultrasound can slow the development and help to manage symptoms.
Ultrasound therapy can:
- Provide an analgesic effect.
- Improve blood flow and restore normal cell activity to produce an anti-swelling effect.
Phototherapy — infrared
Since infrared therapy enhances and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues and promote healing. It helps to ease pain, relieve inflammation and protect against oxidative stress.
Magnetotherapy offers an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling effect on top of its ability to reduce pain and improve blood circulation.
The electrical impulses reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain by temporarily ‘switching off’ the nerve endings of the affected area — thus, helping to relieve pain and relax the muscles. These impulses also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.