Hallux rigidus, hallux limitus or great/big toe arthritis is an arthritic condition of the big toe. If you regularly experience toe pain and limited motion, seek treatment immediately. At Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeons Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD, and Andrew M. Ebert, MD, specialize in hallux rigidus treatment. They offer various techniques, including custom orthotics, injections, and surgery (when necessary). Call the nearest office to learn more about treatment for hallux rigidus today, or make an appointment online.
Hallux rigidus is a type of arthritis that affects the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness, making it difficult to wiggle or place weight on your affected toe. In women, it also makes it hard to wear heels.
Without intervention and treatment, hallux rigidus gets progressively worse. There’s no cure, but various measures can reduce swelling and restore mobility.
Symptoms of hallux rigidus include:
As the condition worsens, your toe might stay in a bent position.
Hallux rigidus occurs because of general wear-and-tear, trauma, and deformity of the big toe. Every time you take a step, your toe joints withstand the weight of your entire upper body. Over the years, these repetitive motions can cause the bones and soft tissues at the front of your feet to change position, resulting in swelling and stiffness.
Other factors that contribute to hallux rigidus include:
If you have pain in your big toe, don’t wait to seek treatment.
Your doctor will review your health charts and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if certain activities (like standing for long periods) make it worse. Next, they examines your big toe, checking for redness, bruising, and swelling.
Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert test your joint’s range of motion. They will carefully move your big toe back and forth and from side to side. Then, they orders a series of X-rays to check for bone abnormalities, like fractures or bone spurs.
Treatment of hallux rigidus depends on the severity of your symptoms and general health. Your dcotor may recommend:
If your pain continues or worsens, your doctor may recommend surgery. During hallux rigidus surgery, your doctor uses special tools to realign the bones at the front of your foot. This process relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and restores your mobility.
Call the nearest Austin Foot & Ankle Institute office to receive treatment for hallux rigidus today, or make an appointment online.