Hallux Rigidus is just a big stiff toe that can’t bend as you try and push off. This leads to severe jamming and pain at the base of your big toe joint! Learn how to treat it here.
What are the Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus?
What is Hallux Rigidus?
The Hallux is the Latin word for the big toe and rigidus literally means rigid or stiff. The big toe is important in walking and running as it dorsiflexes (bends back) during the push-off phase of the gait cycle.
In Hallux Rigidus, the movement in the joint at the base of the big toe (the metatarso-phalangeal or MTP joint) gradually decreases. Initially the term Hallux Limitus is often used and the term rigidus is used in the later stages as movement becomes considerably reduced. It is a form of degenerative arthritis although is often initially confused with a bunion.
The condition can cause lots of further problems, especially with walking, as we require at least 60 degrees of dorsiflexion at the MTP joint for a ‘normal’ walking pattern. If this is not available, compensations are made elsewhere, for example the ankle, knee and pelvis.
What Causes Hallux Rigidus?
-This is the recommended surgery to permanently take care of your big toe joint pain.