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Hallux Rigidus

Definition: Hallux rigidus represents degenerative arthritis of the large toe joint. This is one of the most common areas of the foot to experience arthritis.

Cause:

  • Major trauma to the joint
  • Repeated minor injuries to the joint
  • Hereditary variation in the alignment of the joint

Symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness in the large toe
  • Inability to push off with the large toe
  • Enlargement of the great toe joint with resultant shoe irritation

Treatment:

  • Stiff soled shoes with a deep toe box to accommodate for the deformity
  • Icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics
  • Surgery to correct the deformity. Various surgical procedures can be performed ranging from cleaning up the joint, joint fusion or joint replacement

Prevention:

Avoiding of injury with stiff toed shoes

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Hospital Affiliations

midwest orthopadic speciality hospital wheaton franciscan healthcare wheaton franciscan healthcare columbia st mary's childrens hospitel of wisconsin surgicenter of greater milwaukee wisconsin health center aurora health care

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