hallux limitus, bone spurs of the big toe, surgery, steel shanks and hip problemsPosted by Caulie on 8/03/03 at 01:18 (126070)
I had a nicely written question, but lost it all. It's late but I'll try again, although itwon't be written as clearly as last. Has steel shanks ever been effective for delaying surgery for HL and Bone spurs of the big toes. Are the shanks (my dr. just inserts them in the shoes)effective after surgeryto reduce pain or limit some movement to ease pain when you supposed to be taking it easy? If you get one shank for the right foot say, do you always have to get another for the left so one doesn't throw off their center of balance? o yoou ever us e steel shanks? Does this condition ever cause hip problems because the center of balance at the hip is thrown off? And does surgery ever improve hip problems (if the condition was aggravating degenerative processes of the hip? Thanks Caulie
Re: hallux limitus, bone spurs of the big toe, surgery, steel shanks and hip problemsJohnV on 8/04/03 at 15:59 (126217)
I have HL and have had surgery on my right foot to treat.
Email me at (email removed) if you would like details about it.
Re: hallux limitus, bone spurs of the big toe, surgery, steel shanks and hip problemsEd Davis, DPM on 8/04/03 at 21:20 (126244)
A steel shank provides support for the arch and may indirectly have some benefit for hallux limitus. I am uncertain what you mean when you say that your doctor 'inserts' them in the shoes since steel shanks are placed in shoes only by the manufacturer and will be placed in both shoes. Are you sure you are not referring to womething else?
Hallux limitus causes on to change one's gait and often causes hip and/or low back pain. Surgical treatment of hallux limitus may improve hip pain.