Hallux Rigidus

Foot and Ankle – Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus is a disorder of the big toe that creates stiffness and restricts movement. This disorder can be disabling if the activity of the big toe interferes with the ability to walk. Hallux Rigidus affects the joint located at the base of the big toe, through degenerative arthritis that wears away the cartilage in the joint. The condition is progressive, and symptoms will worsen over time.

Symptoms

  • Pain and stiffness in the big toe
  • Symptoms aggravated by cold or damp conditions
  • Difficulty with physical activities
  • Swelling and inflammation around the joint
  • Pain wearing certain shoes
  • Limping

Treatment

  • Changes in footwear
  • Orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery