What is the treatment for hallux rigidus?

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.
A couple. Orthotics may be able to help, but surgery may be needed.
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.

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I'm being treated for functional hallux rigidus and I think the doctor is wrong. My treatment isn't helping. How do I get a second opinion?

Search the internet . For a highly rated podiatrist in your area and call for an appointment. Have any previous records, or x-rays sent to the new clinician prior to your appointment. Read more...

If I have hallux rigidus of big toe but no pain or effects on daily life do I need treatment now or will I ever?

No gain unless pain. Foot surgery always involves some sort of recuperation, and longer healing; since we obviously walk on our feet. I always tell my patients to let their level of pain be their guide. Read more...
No treatment now. Hallux rigidus is a stiff big toe. If it is not causing pain, i would not recommend any treatment. It may eventually start causing pain, and then treatment may be required. Treatment could involve shoe orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory pain medicines, and even surgery. Read more...
Eventually. You will likely need treatment in form of surgery. If its ok now don't worry when it hurts is time to seek treatment. Read more...

Hallux rigidus. Is it bad?

Painful. It is a painful condition at the first m-p joint. This condition may respond to conservative care or require surgery. Read more...
Not good. Not bad if it is not painfui. Read more...
Bad if it is painful. 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...

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...
Not usually. While some arthritic conditions can have a hereditary component, hallux rigidus doesn't usually. Trauma and mechanical factors often play a role in it's development. Read more...
It can be. It can be but usually there are external environmental factors that contribute to the deformity. Read more...

Is hallux rigidus always painful?

Not always. . Hallux rigidity is usually painful because it is really arthritis of the great toe joint. However, just because the x-rays look ugly doesn't mean it is always painful. For some, the joint may stiffen so much that the pain subsides. But for most it is a painful condition. Read more...
Usually. Sometimes the degeneration of the joint and proliferation of the bone around the joint can inhibit motion to the joint. At times this limits the movement so much that pain can subside. Most people can't put up with the discomfort long enough for this to occur. Have for foot evaluated by a foot specialists. Visit acfas.Org dr l. Read more...
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...

How to tell if I have hallux rigidus?

Bend it... Bend the big to upwards toward your leg. You should have about 65 degrees of upward motion, it not, it can be hallux limitus (or rigidus). See a podiatrist for an x-ray and an exam to find out for sure. Then you will also receive a number of treatment options. Read more...
Stiffness . The big toe will not bend upwards enough. This is a very important motion in normal walking, as it allows for smoother push off during propulsion. If it is stiff, you usually compensate with overpronation and rolling off the side of the toe, which usually forms a noticeable callus on the side of the big toe. It is also usually accompanied with palpable spurring around the joint. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Hallux Rigidus. Symptoms include pain on range of motion of the joint which has little to no available motion in particular in dorsiflexion (bending toes upwards towards your nose). There may be lumps and bumps about the great toe joint with redness from rubbing on shoe gear. Read more...
Pain and stiffness. 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...