The most common site of arthritis in the foot is the big toe joint.  This type of degenerative arthritis is termed hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, depending on the severity of the damage to the cartilage.  At least 70 degrees of upward motion of the big toe is needed for someone to be able to walk normally.  As osteoarthritis begins to affect the joint, the joint space begins to narrow and bone spurs begin to develop, usually because of overpronation or injury.  When this happens, the big toe doesn’t bend as well, thus requiring your foot to compensate for the lack of motion.

Dr. Julie knows how important personalized, thoughtful care is when you’re dealing with arthritis in your feet, which is why Barefoot created our Arthritic Pedicure. For you first arthritic pedicure with us, Dr. Julie with spend time with you in the pedicure space to understand your concerns to provide you with medical advice and develop a treatment plan just for you. 

In addition to the expertise offered by our podiatrist, our nail therapists understand the anatomy and the biomechanics of the first toe joint – they have advanced education backgrounds in this area and have been carefully trained by Dr. Julie!  While one of our therapists give you your pedicure, the arthritic pedicure, care will be taken to warm the joint and place it to passive range of motion, reducing inflammation and pain.

The goal of treatment is to keep the joint moving! An immobile joint is a stiff joint – which can lead to increased pain, decreased range of motion, and ultimately the need for surgery.  Our goal is help to reduce discomfort in your arthritic joint, allowing you to enjoy activities that you love, and leave your feeling more relaxed and healthier than before.