Hallux Limitus / Rigidus


  • Hallux rigidus/limitusis a disorder of the joint (form of degenerative arthritis)located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time it gets increasingly harder to bend the toe.

How did I get this?

  • History of trauma in the feet.
  • Faulty foot function.
  • History of arthritis.
  • Family history is a risk factor.

What can I do about it?

  • Rest from activities affecting the joint.
  • Stop wearing high heeled shoes.
  • Applying ice packs reduce inflammation for short period of time.
  • Contrast bath using alternating cold and hot water (30 seconds each for five minutes) to reduce inflammation.
  • Short term use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.

What help can I get for this?

  • A podiatrist may provide shoe modifications, padding, or orthoics.
  • An orthopaedic foot surgeon may assist with removing bony lumps or fusing the joint.

When will it get better?

  • It depends on severity, patient activity and expectation as well as the particular treatment used. Podiatry and activity modification can provide fast relief, along with appropriate footwear.