Hallux Rigidus (Painful Stiff Big Toe)

Hallux rigidus sometimes referred to as Hallux limitus literally means limitation or absence of motion to the great toe joint. It is a progressive form of arthritis affecting the great toe joint. Symptoms include pain, redness, and swelling of the big toe joint. Prolonged physical activities result in increased inflammation of the joint.

One goal of treatment is to limit the amount of motion at the joint. By limiting motion the joint inflammation will reduce. This can be accomplished with the use of a Scott Half or Full Spring Steel Turf Toe insole. In some individuals an orthotic device like those made by Ortho-Dynamics may optimize the remaining motion of the joint and improve function.

Another goal of treatment is to prevent or limit irritation of the joint. As the great toe joint becomes more arthritic additional bone is deposited at the top and side of the great toe joint. Inflammation occurs when this bony bump comes in contact with the toe box of a shoe. An extra depth shoe will allow more space to the great toe joint. Gel Bunion Protectors can pad an enlarged bone and decrease pressure. Silky Skin Thin Bunion Relief Sleeves will cushion and conform to the painful bony protrusion commonly associated with hallux rigidus.