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What is the treatment for hallux rigidus?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: If it is painful
Then surgery is the answer. All spurring needs to be removed from the perimeter of the joint.
In addition, if the joint space is narrowed, the metatarsal bone needs to be shortened a bit to allow for a greater range of motion. Followup with a good set of orthotics to deal with the mechanical forces that caused the problem in the first place.

In brief: If it is painful
Then surgery is the answer. All spurring needs to be removed from the perimeter of the joint.
In addition, if the joint space is narrowed, the metatarsal bone needs to be shortened a bit to allow for a greater range of motion. Followup with a good set of orthotics to deal with the mechanical forces that caused the problem in the first place.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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2 doctors agree
In brief: A couple
Orthotics may be able to help, but surgery may be needed.

In brief: A couple
Orthotics may be able to help, but surgery may be needed.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Varies
Hallux rigidus/limitus involves damage to the big toe joint.
The less attempts to move the joint, the less tenderness. Conservative care consists of a thicker soled, stiffer shoe to limit movement. Surgical care, if the joint is severely damaged, is joint replacement or fusion. I lean toward replacement as it allows for some function of joint. Discuss options with your foot surgeon. Dr l.

In brief: Varies
Hallux rigidus/limitus involves damage to the big toe joint.
The less attempts to move the joint, the less tenderness. Conservative care consists of a thicker soled, stiffer shoe to limit movement. Surgical care, if the joint is severely damaged, is joint replacement or fusion. I lean toward replacement as it allows for some function of joint. Discuss options with your foot surgeon. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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