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.
- Major trauma to the joint
- Repeated minor injuries to the joint
- Hereditary variation in the alignment of the joint
- 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
- Stiff soled shoes with a deep toe box to accommodate for the deformity
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Surgery to correct the deformity. Various surgical procedures can be performed ranging from cleaning up the joint, joint fusion or joint replacement
Avoiding of injury with stiff toed shoes
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