Have you noticed stiffness or pain in your big toe? You may be experiencing a condition called Hallux Rigidus.
No this is not a Harry Potter spell, and can cause a lot of trouble walking, climbing and can even take you off your feet.
What causes of Hallux Rigidus?
The joint at the base of the big toe becomes stiff and progressively more rigid. After time the cartilage will wear out in the toe and can affect other parts of the body. Although it has a different name, it can be considered a degenerative form of arthritis. Symptoms can include swelling, inflammation and sever pain in addition to stiffness.
What are the treatments for Hallux Rigidus?
We always look for the most holistic approach first. Treatments for Hallux Rigidus can be as simple as anti-inflammatory medication, orthotic fitting shoes, injection therapy and physically therapy can treat Hallux Rigidus if it is caught early. In more severe cases we can assist with a surgical option, but lets take one step at a time. Pun intended.
Give us a call to discuss your treatment options today.
Hallux Rigidus Explained
This is a type of arthritis that affects the base of the big toe. It forms in the metatarsophalangeal joint (we call it the “MTP” joint). With hallux rigidus, the protective cartilage on the ends of these bones wears away. Bone rubs against bone. Bony growths called “bone spurs” may form. Your toe stiffens, and this can make walking uncomfortable.