Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)

Hallux Rigidus, also known as stiff big toe or Hallux Limitus, is a form of arthritis and a degenerative condition that causes stiffness and pain in the big toe. As the symptoms of Hallux Rigidus get worse over time, the big toe can become increasingly rigid and hard to bend.

This foot condition can be caused by a number of different factors, although the exact cause is not always known. The condition can develop from foot defects such as fallen arches or pronation, foot anatomy issues, injuries, and activities that cause stress on the big toe.

The symptoms of Hallux Rigidus can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but they most often include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the big toe
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Dull pain in the leg, hip or lower back
  • Trouble walking

Hallux Rigidus can be treated with non-surgical methods, such as anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, special orthotics, and more. In severe cases, surgical procedures such as shaving bone spurs, joint fusion, or joint replacement may be required.

If you ecperience any of the symptoms, contact us to schedule an appointment for you with the top LA podiatric surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Tehrani.