Hallux rigidus is a term used to describe pain and stiffness in the big toe. Hallux is a term that is used for the big toe while rigidus refers to the limited motion associated with this condition. Hallux rigidus represents a form of degenerative arthritis. This is a progressive condition with increasing pain and limits of motion. The condition usually starts with limited range of motion which is referred to as hallux limitus. As the pain increases and the range of motion decreases the joint becomes more rigid.
Initially the symptoms may only be noticeable with certain shoes or activities with gradually increasing limitations. There may be periods of swelling and inflammation around the joint or there may be pain at rest.
There are many options available to relieve the pain and stiffness associated with toe pain.
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