Stiff Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)

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Hallux rigidus, also known as stiff big toe, is a degenerative condition affecting the joint located at the bottom of the big toe. This condition causes the joint to stiffen and become painful, eventually making it difficult to walk, stand up, and various other tasks. Hallux rigidus may occur as a result of structural abnormalities, injury, underlying conditions, or heredity.


Symptoms of hallux rigidus may include pain and stiffness in the big toe when walking or standing that worsens in cold or damp weather, swelling and inflammation around the big toe, and difficulty with running and other activities involving vigorous use of the foot. As your condition worsens, you may also experience difficulty wearing shoes, dull pain in the knee, hip, or lower back, and pain that does not go away with rest. Contact Dr. Deland if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms to receive the treatment you need.


To diagnose hallux rigidus, Dr. Deland will examine your feet and review your medical history. X-rays may also be done to rule out other conditions and provide a more accurate diagnosis.


Treatment for hallux rigidus varies depending on your individual condition. Mild cases of hallux rigidus can often be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, orthotics, physical therapy, or injections, while surgery may be necessary for severe cases that remain unresponsive to other forms of treatment. Dr. Deland is trained in the latest techniques for treating hallux rigidus and other conditions of the foot.

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