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Hallux Rigidus

Hallux rigidus is a degenerative condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the big toe joint, often resulting in limited mobility and difficulty walking or performing daily activities. This common foot disorder typically affects adults over the age of 30 and becomes more prevalent with age. Hallux rigidus develops gradually over time, usually due to wear and tear of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the big toe joint. As the cartilage deteriorates, the joint

Treatment for hallux rigidus aims to relieve pain, improve joint function, and prevent further deterioration of the toe joint. Conservative measures may include wearing properly fitting shoes with a stiff sole and roomy toe box to reduce pressure on the affected joint, using orthotic devices or inserts to provide support and alignment, and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy and stretching exercises may also be recommended to improve toe flexibility and strengthen the muscles around the toe joint. In cases of severe or symptomatic hallux rigidus that do not respond to conservative measures, surgical intervention such as cheilectomy, joint fusion, or joint replacement may be considered to restore function and alleviate pain. With proper management and care, individuals with hallux rigidus can find relief from symptoms and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information click here.

becomes inflamed and swollen, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the toe. Other factors contributing to hallux rigidus may include trauma or injury to the toe joint, genetic predisposition, and structural abnormalities of the foot.

The symptoms of hallux rigidus may vary depending on the severity of the condition but often include pain and stiffness in the big toe joint, particularly during activities that involve bending or pushing off the toes, such as walking, running, or climbing stairs. Individuals with hallux rigidus may also experience swelling, tenderness, and inflammation around the affected joint, as well as difficulty wearing shoes comfortably. As the condition progresses, bone spurs may develop on the top of the big toe joint, further limiting mobility and increasing pain. Without proper treatment, hallux rigidus can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and ability to engage in physical activities.

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