Returning patients: Please call the office to book an appointment.

This insole can help with big toe joint arthritis pain

Dr. Samuel Kellner makes a product recommendation for those who suffer with stiff big toe joint pain

This insole can help with big toe joint arthritis pain

 

I sometimes recommend this Morton’s Extension Carbon Fiber insole to patients with severe big toe joint arthritis, a condition called advanced hallux rigidus, also known as stiff big toe. The joint where the big toe meets the foot loses its mobility and the pain can make it hard to walk or even stand, especially in damp and cold weather. 

The stiffness is caused due to stress on the toe joint and it can happen after overuse in workers who squat a lot, athletes, after injuries like spraining the joint or stubbing the toe, as a result of genetics, joint inflammation and inflammatory diseases like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. 

Stop the movement

This rigid carbon fiber shoe footplate prevents the painful movement of the arthritic big toe joint. The insert can either replace, go under or over the sock lines based on whatever is most comfortable. Usually this insert fits most sneakers given the right size is purchased.

Custom orthotics are much superior and will provide better results, but this is an option that works well as a "test run" to see if an orthotic would be beneficial. Or it can also be used while a patient is waiting for surgery.

If you have pain on your big toe as you push off when walking and that pain is getting worse, call 508-757-4003 or TEXT 508-625-7775 for an appointment, in Worcester or Westborough.

Buy on Amazon: Morton Extension Carbon Fiber shoe insert

 

Dr. Samuel Kellner is a foot and ankle surgeon at Central Massachusetts Podiatry, in Worcester and Westborough. Dr. Kellner is dedicated to helping his patients heal from foot injuries that stop them from daily activities. He also plays basketball and likes to spend his free time with his wife, newborn son, and two cats. 

 
Author
Dr. Sam Kellner

You Might Also Enjoy...

A Podiatrist’s view of the Good Feet Store

The Good Feet Store is now in Central Massachusetts. We thought it’s important that our other neighbors, friends and patients understand what they do and how a trip to a quality podiatrist is different in myriad ways. By Dr. Benjamim Saviet

How to easily put on and take off compression socks

The biggest challenge for people who wear compression socks is how to get them on and off. My gold tip if you are having a hard time with your compression socks is to consider a device called “Doff N’ Donner”. By Dr. Donald Pelto

What should I do if I step on glass?

We want patients to come see us when there is still an "entry wound" for us to follow. If you wait 2-3 weeks, the track can be healed up and then the simple act of plucking out a sliver of glass becomes a fishing expedition. By Dr. Benjamin Saviet

Painful like walking on a tiny pebble: Porokeratoma

Have you ever felt pain on the bottom of the foot as if you were constantly walking on a small pebble, especially under a bony prominence? This could be a porokeratoma: a small hard round bump that develops due to a clogged sweat gland. By Dr. Donald Pelto

X-Ray: What are those circles near the big toe?

These are called sesamoid bones and they perform a specific function: to act as a pulley system. This gives a mechanical advantage to stabilizing the big toe on the ground, and aids with propulsion of the foot when walking or running. By Dr. Samuel Kellner

FAQ: What’s the best shoe to wear?

People come in all shapes and sizes and the same is true for feet! “What's the best shoe for me?” is a much better approach that takes into account this reality. By Dr. Benjamin Saviet