Think you have Hallux Rigidus/Limitus?

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What is Hallux Limitus/Rigidus?

  • Hallux Limitus/Rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It starts by causing pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time the toe becomes harder to bend.

How did I get this?

  • Your foot may not be functioning properly.

  • History of arthritis.

  • Family history is a risk factor.

  • If you have had previous trauma in the feet.

What can I do about it?

  • Wear appropriate footwear and stop wearing high heeled shoes.

  • Reduce the inflammation by using ice.

  • Restrain from doing activities affecting the joint. .

  • Short term use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrists may provide shoe modifications where possible, give padding, or prescribe orthotics.

  • Orthopaedic foot surgeons may help by removing bony lumps or fusing the joint.

When will it get better?

  • It depends on severity, patient activity and expectation as well as the particular treatment used. Podiatry and activity modification can provide fast relief, along with appropriate footwear.

  • Normally this condition will get worse before it gets better as the joint can eventually fuse itself. This is because osteophytes (extra bits of bone form in the joint with the heat created etc (there's probably a better way of explaining this).