This article does not constitute as medical advice.
If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor or make an appointment.
Hallux Limitus is a form of arthritis. It occurs when the big toe cannot bend appropriately at the joint as you stand, walk, and run. ‘Hallux’ refers to the big toe, and ‘Limitus’ means limited movement. As the condition progresses, the narrow bending decreases further to become Hallux Rigidus (rigid). Be sure to contact your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms because the sooner this condition is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. At times, surgery is required. However, preventative treatment can delay or eliminate the operation.
This condition occurs when the joint that connects the big toe to the foot is abnormal. Several instances can increase your risk of developing this deformity, such as:
Symptoms may be moderate at the beginning during Hallux Limitus but may slowly worsen to Hallux Rigidus. Be sure to be aware of these signs to catch this issue early on:
Preventative measures can be taken when the joint is in the Hallux Limitus stage. These treatments include:
When the joint has reached the Hallux Rigidus stage, surgery may be required for the effective treatment of pain and proper movement.
Surgeries typically include shaving down bone spurs to allow for proper flexibility.
Be sure to contact our office if you are experiencing any symptoms to avoid surgery!