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Posts for tag: Hallux Ridgidus

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 01, 2017
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Arthritis   Hallux Ridgidus  

A condition that we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find patients are often unfamiliar with is hallux rigidus. This disorder affects the joint at the base of the big toe. Sometimes patients confuse hallux rigidus with a bunion but in actuality, it is a type of degenerative arthritis, which causes stiffness and pain in the joint. In its early stages, it is sometimes called hallux limitus because the range of motion is only limited somewhat, but as the condition progresses the joint becomes more rigid and eventually frozen and unable to bend. Due to the fact that the big toe joint is critical for nearly every motion of the foot--walking, standing, squatting, ng and climbing--this means that an inability to bend can cause extreme disability and pain.


There are many possible paths to hallux rigidus, including:

  • Faulty foot structure or biomechanical abnormalities
  • Osteoarthritis (the wear and tear kind of arthritis that occurs as people age)
  • Fallen arches
  • Excessive pronation (ankles roll inward)
  • Genetics
  • Overuse—people whose jobs or activities involve excessive stress on the big toe joint (such as squatting or stooping frequently)
  • Trauma or previous injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, gout or other inflammatory disease

Diagnosis and Treatment

In addition to pain and stiffness in the big toe joint, you may also experience swelling in the joint, a bump on the top of your big toe joint and pain in your knee, hip, or lower back. Our foot and ankle surgeon,  Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will order x-rays in ad

dition to examining your toe and testing its range of motion. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation, usually through icing, oral medications or corticosteroids injections. Special shoes, such as those with a stiff or rocker bottom sole, custom orthotics and physical therapy may be prescribed to increase range of motion and remove stress from the toe joint. If the condition has progressed too far, surgery may be the only option.

Like many foot conditions, the sooner you seek treatment the less invasive the treatment and the better the outcome. If you believe you may have signs of arthritis in your big toe joint, contact our Pooler office for an appointment as soon as possible.


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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885