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
- Anatomical abnormalities that increase joint stress
- 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
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.