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Hallux rigidus. Is it condition of young people?

Hallux rigidus. Is it condition of young people?

Sometimes: Hallux rigidly refers to degenerative arthritis of the mp joint of the big toe, the joint at the base of the toe. It more commonly occurs after an injury to the toe, such as from turf toe. This refers to an injury to the joint from kicking a ball or spraining it while playing sports. In this case, it may develop in a younger person, it may also develop from many other causes. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Keslonsky
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Hallux Rigidus (Definition)

Simply stated, it is the inability to flex or other wise move the great toe at the metatasal phalangeal joint. This is the joint where the big toe meets the foot. If the big toe has some, but limited movement, then it is referred ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with hallux rigidus in my big toe. I've been told that i'm too young. How does age factor into this?

I was diagnosed with hallux rigidus in my big toe. I've been told that i'm too young. How does age factor into this?

Rigidus: It is not so much age as the mileage and predisposing factors - arthritis , the jamming of the joint , biomechanics . Seek a second opinion if it will make you feel better. ...Read more

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What is hallux rigidus?

What is hallux rigidus?

Pre-Arthritic : Hallux limitus is a pre-arthritic condition of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (big toe joint), that causes narrowing of the joint space, impaction of the phalanx bone upon an elevated first metatarsal, and, and restricted dorsiflexion and plantar flexion of the joint. Over a period of time due to gait dorsal spur of the first metatarsal may develop further restricting range of motion & pain. ...Read more

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What is "hallux rigidus"?

What is "hallux rigidus"?

Arthritic big toe: Hallux rigidus is a condition with no or very limited movement of the big toe joint. This usually secondary to progressive arthritis of the joint or joint injury. A stiffer shoe and good support is usually helpful. Many times surgery in necessary. See for foot specialists. Dr l. ...Read more

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Is hallux rigidus hereditary?

In part. : Hallux rigidus is not clearly hereditary but there is probably some component that predisposes some to this problem. However, the major determinants are previous trauma to the joint and repetitive injury that accumulates over time. ...Read more

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Is hallux rigidus always painful?

Not always.: Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe which can lead to pain and stiffness in the joint. Hallux rigidus is actually a form of degenerative arthritis. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have hallux rigidus?

X-ray: Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe which can lead to pain and stiffness in the joint. Hallux rigidus is actually a form of degenerative arthritis. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Hallux rigidus at 18. Can this happen?

Possibly: Was there an old stubbing injury? If there was any trauma to the great toe joint an arthritic condition can develop. In general it is not common in younger people. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hallux rigidus?

What are the symptoms of hallux rigidus?

Pain big toe joint: Lack of motion at the big toe joint. Pain in the joint. At times there is swelling depending on the amount of walking and shoes worn. Arthritic changes occur at that joint which also causes you to change the way you walk. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hallux rigidus?

Rigid like a board.: Simply stated, it is the inability to flex or other wise move the great toe at the metatasal phalangeal joint. This is the joint where the big toe meets the foot. If the big toe has some, but limited movement, then it is referred to a hallux limitus. ...Read more

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What is hallux rigidus and how do you know you are getting it?

What is hallux rigidus and how do you know you are getting it?

Arthritis in big toe: Hallux rigidus is arthritis (loss of cartilage) in the big toe (mtp) joint. It has a variety of causes including post traumatic, mechanical overload and idiopathic. It is manifest by pain, stiffness, and often "fullness" about the joint. Plain x-rays are usually sufficient to confirm the diagnosis. Orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists are optimal sources to diagnose and treat this problem. ...Read more

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What can I expect when having an operation for hallux rigidus?

Improved function: The goal of surgery to correct for hallux rigidus is to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. There are many procedures utilized for this purpose ranging from cleaning the excess bone around the joint to replacing the joint. The recuperation for the procedure would take about 3 months to get back to full function and normal shoewear. ...Read more

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How painful is hallux rigidus surgery?

First: Everyone perceives pain differently. Second, there are many different procedures to cure this issue. Rest assured if you have pain and this is why you are doing the surgery, you will be given pain killers for post op and ultimately your problem will be fixed. ...Read more

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Will hallux rigidus cause planter fasciitis?

In theory yes: Limited range of motion of the hallux can cause bio mechanical strain to other parts of the foot including the plantar fascia ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on an operation for hallux rigidus?

Hallux rigidus: Hallux rigidus is the final stage of degeneration in your great toe joint. At this point. Depending on your x-rays you have two options. You can have the joint replaced or have the joint fused. I recommended you obtain weight bearing x-rays and have a foot surgeon take a look at the xrays to give you a better idea of which procedure works for you. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I postpone my hallux rigidus surgery for a month?

Is it bad if I postpone my hallux rigidus surgery for a month?

No: Considering it took many years for this arthritic condition to develop, waiting one month is no big problem. ...Read more

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Where do I find docs who know how to conduct operatiosn for hallux rigidus?

Podiatric surgeon : I am sure your community has competent Podiatric surgeons that are more than capable of caring for your condition. There are several different treatment options (including surgical intervention) that can be done. Check your local hospital's web site and search for a Podiatrist. ...Read more

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If you have beginnings of hallux rigidus with no pain, how many years might it be before you need surgery.

Sometimes never: Hallux rigidus can sometimes be treated conservatively with orthotics and steroid injections. If that fails, surgery may be necessary, but how long that may be depends on patients pain tolerance and activity level. Type of surgery varies from joint preserving procedures to joint replacement or fusion. ...Read more

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