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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Fix that sore toe

Updated: Sep 1, 2019

Wow - this was one of my first Youtube videos and it is not far off breaking 600,000 views! There are a lot of sore toes out there.

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In this video, I demonstrate how to gently mobilise the big toe in a case of so-called "Hallux Rigidus" or what is better described as a "stiff and sore big toe" which my partner, Alofa, suffered after stubbing it on a large rock several months earlier. She does not really have "Hallux Rigidus": her toe is not rigid - it is stiff and very sore to walk on. I have used the term, "hallux rigidus" because the majority of cases are not true cases and it helps people in need find my video when doing searches.

It can sometimes hurt a little to do this gentle procedure but this will go away the moment you stop and the benefits for most cases can be quite remarkable.

In the old days, it was known as "Turf Toe" because there was a spate of cases in American Football with the introduction of artificial turf. The sudden deceleration of foot inside the cleated shoe when stopping suddenly on this new turf was repeatedly slamming the big toe up against the hard end of the toe box, damaging the toe joints. Hence the term, "Turf Toe". It sounds good - better than the awful term, "Hallux Rigidus". The same condition can be seen in sports like boxing and fitness to music which involves rapid and frequent lunging forwards then backwards.

It may be that patients are given this name, "Hallux Rigidus", because it sounds grand, pumps the ego of the therapist, and softens up the patient for invasive, high value and/or easy solutions such as surgery, orthotics, powerful medications and steroid injections.

To repeat: this procedure, when done as demonstrated, is actually quite painless and it is very safe.

If you have toe and foot pain, keep your feet warm, have tepid foot baths with Epsom Salts stirred in and make sure you get some exercise most day. Exercise in water is perfect!

Most cases of toe pain can be resolved by this simple procedure of mobilisation. You can even do yourself, plus changes to your diet and reviewing other factors, the most frequent being the toxic effects of many common medications such as those prescribed for high blood pressure.

Do this procedure just once a week only and expect significant improvements after 4-6 sessions. But be patient and never force things. Use common sense and listen to your body as to how much to do in a session and how long to rest between sessions to allow healing and strengthening of the tissues.

Nutraceuticals to help healing

When considering purchasing any of the following, please read the technical guidelines for each product and do an internet search using key words such as "tocotrienols + arthritis". Aim to be the World's leading expert in your own health.

The best strategy is to have a small dose of everything here once a day for at least three months of consistent ingestion.

  1. Tocomin SupraBio tocotrienols Read this for starters:

  2. Reparen (works with Tocomin)

  3. Joint Flex

  4. A few cups of home made bone broth provides the collagen and minerals needed for joint healing.

  5. Naturopath's Own Joint Flex

Aim to be the World's leading expert in your own health.

I must emphasise that you can not expect an overnight result from taking these. It probably took many years for your toe(s) to deteriorate where they now are and much damage may have been done. While your body has a remarkable capacity to heal the most awful of damage, this takes a long time and the process of recovery may be almost so subtle to be imperceptible unless measured in months, rather than days.

Be wary of "quick-fixes", including drugs and injections that promise near-miracles. If the procedure sounds too good to be true then it probably is! Like a good cheese or wine, patience and time produce the best results.

If these fail

If your toe(s) fails to improve significantly after about 4-6 sessions done once or twice a week, plus this nutrition, then you need to consider th