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Hallux Rigidus – Stiff Big Toe


Some people get it; some don’t—and nobody knows why. Hallux Rigidus is a fancy name for stiff big toe, a very painful condition. Discover its causes and cures.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging
  • Anatomical abnormalities that increase joint stress
  • Injury
  • Osteoarthritis (normal “wear-and-tear”)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bump on top of foot
  • Inability to bend big toe
  • Significant pain, especially when walking or pushing off on toes
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatment

  • The big toe joint is the most common site for arthritis in the foot.
  • This condition typically occurs in adults ages 30-60.
  • Make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at the first sign of symptoms since Hallux Rigidus responds better to early treatment.
  • X-rays can help determine the presence of bone spurs and the degree of degeneration.

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