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Stiff Big Toe

Hallux rigidus, also known as stiff big toe, is a degenerative condition affecting the joint located at the base of the big toe, the first mp joint. The first mp joint has developed varying degrees of arthritis. The arthritis causes the joint to stiffen and become painful, eventually making it difficult to walk and various other tasks. Hallux rigidus may occur as a result of structural abnormalities, injury, underlying conditions, or heredity.


Symptoms of hallux rigidus may include pain and stiffness in the big toe when walking standing or with exercise. The arthritis causes swelling and inflammation around the big toe, and often a bump/spur on the top of the joint. As your condition worsens, you may also experience difficulty wearing shoes and more pain with activities. Contact Dr. Deland if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms to receive the treatment you need.


To diagnose hallux rigidus, Dr. Deland will examine your feet and review your medical history. X-rays may also be done to rule out other conditions and provide a more accurate diagnosis.


Treatment for hallux rigidus varies depending on your individual condition. Mild cases of hallux rigidus can often be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, orthotics, physical therapy, or injections, while surgery may be necessary for severe cases that remain unresponsive to other forms of treatment. Dr. Deland is trained in the latest techniques for treating hallux rigidus and other conditions of the foot.

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