Treatment for Hallux Rigidus and Hallux Limitus

“Oftentimes people can put some padding on the enlarged part of the bone, to protect it from the shoe. Sometimes we can treat hallux limitus/rigidus conservatively with an orthotic device, which is a functional, custom-fitted device that goes inside the shoe to take stress off from the big toe joint and eliminate the pain and aching sensations experience there.

Occasionally injections can be used to take care of it and eliminate the pain, but if it gets to the point where it’s severe, where an uneven motion causes pain in that joint, then surgery is often needed to correct the problem, dealing with the functional or biomechanical problem afterwards.

If it’s a longstanding joint problem, with bone on bone, arthritis often develops in the joint. This causes the bone, which should have a smooth area to it, to become rough, so that when you move the toe, it causes pain and swelling.

Don’t let the pain and deformity of hallux limitus/rigidus get you down! Seek treatment from a podiatrist. The earlier you go see them, the better your chances are that conservative care may take care of it, and you may not need surgery!"

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle