Stiff Big Toe / Hallux Limitus
Do you suffer from a painful big toe especially during weight-bearing movements? Increased pain and stiffness in cold temperatures? Difficulty wearing shoes, especially high heels, due to increased pressure on the joint? Please read on for how we can help you.
Medically the big toe is referred to as the hallux. Hallux Limitus is a progressive arthritic condition that limits the motion and function of the big toe. Hallux Limitus affects the dorsiflexion (upward motion) and over time the condition can worsen and lead to hallux rigidus or no motion of the big toe joint at all.
After diagnosis, a treatment plan would be outlined based on the severity of your condition. For mild cases, over-the-counter measures such as shoe modifications, orthotics or prefabricated inserts, physical therapy, injection therapy and oral anti-inflammatory medications are most commonly used.
Surgery is only performed on patients whose condition has progressed into hallux rigidus or those who have had no pain relief from more conservative treatments. The length of the recovery period varies depending on the procedure or procedures performed. All this is discussed with you during your pre-operative consultations.