Please be advised that our office will remain open despite concern for COVID-19. Our hours will change from 3/23/20 through 4/3/2020 to reduce the volume of patients being seen at a time (see below). We are taking precautions to protect our staff and patients, and ask that you notify us if you are not feeling well prior to coming to your appointment. There are some cases where we may advise you to keep your appointment despite feeling unwell. We will update this message if there are any changes.

  • Monday's - Dr. Alway will be working from 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Tuesday's - CLOSED
  • Wednesday's - Dr. Miller will be working from 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday's - Dr. Ho will be working from 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday's - Dr. Miller will be working in the Arcata office from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

**Dr. Bookwalter's schedule has been closed**

Eureka Office - 3258 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA 95503, (707) 441-1112 (Main Office)

Arcata Office - 3798 Janes Rd. Suite 6, Arcata, CA 95521, 707-441-1112 (Satellite office used by Dr. Miller on Friday's only. Please contact the Eureka office for all inquiries.)

Wound Care Clinic - 3800 Janes Rd., Arcata, CA 95521 707-825-4930 (Dr. Alway and Dr. Miller practice at the Wound Care Clinic on Thursdays' and Fridays')

707-441-1112
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An unmovable big toe, known as Hallux Rigidus, is the most common form of arthritis in the foot.

 

Hallux Rigidus occurs as a result of wear-and-tear injuries, which wear down the articular cartilage, causing raw bone ends to rub together. A bone spur, or overgrowth, may develop on the top of the bone. This overgrowth can prevent the toe from bending as much as it needs to when you walk. The resulting stiff big toe can make walking painful and difficult.

Symptoms include:

  • A bump, like a bunion or callus, that develops on the top of the foot.
  • Pain in the joint when active, especially as you push-off on the toes when you walk.
  • Stiffness in the big toe and an inability to bend it up or down.
  • Swelling around the joint.

Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed to reduce swelling and ease the pain. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. Applying ice packs or soaking the foot in contrast baths (alternating cold and hot water) may also help reduce inflammation and control symptoms for a short period of time.

 

A stiff-soled shoe with a rocker or roller bottom design and possibly a steel shank or metal brace in the sole can help alleviate the symptoms. These types of shoes add greater support when walking and reduce the amount of bend in the big toe.

 

When damage is more severe, a surgical procedure may be performed to remove the bone spurs, as well as a portion of the foot bone, and allow the toe more room to bend.