Hallux Rigidus: The most common site of arthritis in the foot is at the base of the big toe. The MTP or metatarsophalangeal joint is very important because it has to bend every time you take a step. Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis that affects this big toe which causes pain and stiffness, and becomes so rigid it begins to make walking difficult. In many cases the causes of this condition is not known but may result from injury to that toe or from differences in foot anatomy that increases stress on that joint.
Symptoms may include pain, swelling and stiffness to the big toe and is often more noticeable when you push-off on the toe when you walk. Inability to move the toe up and down may also be a sign of the condition. Hallux rigidus usually develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60 years old.
Conservative treatment options include using a custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. Severe cases may require surgery. Surgery options can range from shaving bone spurs, fusing the joint or performing a joint replacement.
If you are experiencing Foot & Ankle pain, weakness of the Foot & Ankle, stiffness of the Foot & Ankle or swelling of the Foot & Ankle, give us a call 972-250-5700 or make an appointment now.