Rigid great toe
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 www.skokiepodiatry.com/appointment.html