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July 30, 2016
Category: Bunion
Tags: Bunion   surgery   Rigid   cartilage  
Hallux rigidus

One problem that afflicts the big toe is called hallux rigidus. "Hallux" refers to the big toe, and "rigidus" indicates that this toe is rigid.

Most patients complain of pain when pushing off to walk or when wearing high heels.  Unlike a typical bunion, it is sometimes not visible externally. 

Ends of the bones are covered with articular cartilage for smooth joint movement. Gradual wear and tear or an injury can cause cartilage in joints to break down. The resulting bone-on-bone contact produces pain and stiffness. This can impinge on the way you walk and contribute to pain elsewhere in the body. 

Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition, monitored with x-rays. Nonsurgical treatments include stiff or rocker-bottom shoes, custom orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medication.  In some cases, surgery is the only way to eliminate pain. 

If you are suffering with pain at the base of the big toe,  schedule your evaluation by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking

By Dr. Miller
April 11, 2013
Category: Bunion
Tags: Bunion   swollen   joint  

A bunion is a “bump” on the side of your foot, at the base of the big toe. It forms when the bone or tissue at the joint moves out of place. If it is red, swollen, or painful, it is inflamed.

How do bunions develop?Bunion

Blame your genetics first! Bunions tend to run in families, specifically among those who have a foot type prone to developing a bunion. Your footwear choices also play a role. Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together, like many stylish pointed-toe shoes, can worsen a bunion.

What treatments are available?

  • Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can be prescribed to ease acute pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) may be useful in controlling foot function to prevent worsening and relieve the stress around a bunion.
  • Surgery is sometimes needed to repair a structural deformity. This depends on your unique situation, and x-rays assist in making this determination.

For an evaluation of your bunion (or that of a loved one), please call our office at 847-675-3400 or schedule your appointment online at  (We have an x-ray in our office if needed.)