Should I go to a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist for this particular arthritis/toe problem?
I have hallux limitus
or something similar--limited movement in my big toe connected to arthritis. This isn't a self-diagnosis, but rather something that a foot doctor of some kind (can't remember which) mentioned to me many years ago when I went to see him about a related issue. He said I had arthritis in the toes on my right foot and so my toes couldn't bend all the way back, which is why I have problems when I am running, with calluses building up on the outside of my big toe. He said he could make me some orthotics, but at the time, $300 was a fortune, so I declined.
I wear mostly comfortable, supportive shoes (especially Dansko clogs), which helps. I have other related foot issues and suspect my plantar fasciitis last winter was probably related to this (though thankfully that is now gone).
It's finally gotten to the point where I want to go back to the doctor to see if there's any way it could be better, or at least not get worse. I'd go to a podiatrist, but I wonder if the arthritis part might warrant an orthopedist who specializes in feet and ankles. But then I'm concerned an orthopedist might be more likely to suggest surgery, which I'd like to avoid.
I have good insurance and can get a second opinion. But I'd like to get some input on where to go first.
By the way, I did see this question
, but it's a bit broader than mine.
(I'm in Portland, Oregon, in case anyone has a local doc to recommend.)