Volume 25 - Issue 7 - July 2012
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Hallux limitus is a decrease in sagittal plane dorsiflexion of the hallux at the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). Hallux rigidus is a term that clinicians often use interchangeably with hallux limitus but hallux rigidus describes the absence of motion or severely restricted motion of the first MPJ. The normal range of dorsiflexion of the first MPJ should be 65 to 75 degrees to allow for normal propulsion during gait. A limitation of motion at the first MPJ has a variety of potential causes including an elevated first metatarsal, a hypermobile first ray, a long first metatarsal, a square first metatarsal head or trauma.
The terms practicum, practice and practical all come from the common Greek root, praktikos, which means “to practice.” Although the words have very different meanings, all three are necessary components in becoming a successful podiatrist. At times, during the training necessary to becoming a podiatric physician, we overlook these fundamentals and they become overshadowed by the quest to master the more complex podiatric medical theories and skills.
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