Hallux Rigidus

Explore How We Can Assist in Easing Hallux Rigidus Discomfort.

Hallux rigidus, a form of degenerative arthritis affecting the big toe, can cause stiffness and limited mobility over time. This condition, often mistaken for bunions or similar issues, impacts daily activities such as walking, running, and standing.

Causes and Symptoms
Hallux rigidus may stem from structural foot abnormalities, genetic predisposition, or inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the big toe, especially during movements involving toe flexion. As the condition progresses, bone spurs may form, causing persistent discomfort even at rest.

Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Treatment
Diagnosis involves a thorough examination by a foot specialist and imaging tests to assess joint and soft tissue involvement. Non-surgical treatments aim to alleviate symptoms and may include oral NSAIDs, corticosteroid injections, and wearing spacious shoes or custom orthotics. Physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound and massage therapy can also provide relief.

Surgical Options
If conservative measures fail, surgery may be necessary. Procedures range from repairing damaged tissues to big toe fusion (arthrodesis) for severe cases. Surgery aims to restore mobility and alleviate chronic pain.

Prevention and Management
Preventing hallux rigidus involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and regular, joint-friendly exercise. Early intervention by a podiatrist is essential for proper diagnosis and tailored treatment.

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