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Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

036691 8-1002

Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Andreas Wagner
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Andreas Wagner

Head of department hand and foot surgery

Specialist for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery, Rheumatology, Hand Surgery, Special Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Therapy and Chirotherapy.

Hallux rigidus

Hallux rigidus (hallux limitus) describes joint wear on the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. Due to the limited mobility of the big toe, when rolling the foot, constantly recurring pain is experienced.

Often major bone outgrowths are formed on the extensor side, which cause additional pressure pains in the shoe. The cause of the disorder is varied: innate deformations of the first metatarsal, prior cartilage damage (sports injuries) or metabolism disorders (gout).

Depending on the stage of the illness, the conservative treatment consists of specific physiotherapeutic measures, injections in the joint and orthopaedic shoe measures (sole reinforcement and ball roller).

The operative measures depend on the extent of the disorder and the remaining mobility of the joints. Whereas operations to preserve joints which improve the scope of movement of the joint are possible at an early stage, joint stiffening (arthrodesis) or resection arthroplastic (operation according to Valenti) is recommended at later stages. The decision as to which operation method to use depends the functional requirements of the patient, his or her age and the cause of the illness.

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