Great Toe Joint Pain/ Hallux Limitus



Pain to the great joint secondary to degenerative arthritis is a very common problem. This is a condition often referred to as hallux limitus or hallux rigidus. This condition is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the big toe, and with time he gets increasingly hard and the toe. “Hallux” refers to the big toe, while “limitus” or rigidus refer to the lack of motion at the joint. This condition is a progressive condition, toes motion decreases as time goes on. In its earlier stage, motion of the big toe is only somewhat limited however as a problem advance his range of motion gradually decreases until potentially recently end stage of “rigidus” which is virtually no motion. Symptoms involve any stiffness in the great toe joint, pain stiffness aggravated by cold, damp weather and difficulty with certain activities such as running, squatting, hiking. Often the joint will become swollen and occasionally red around the joint. The swelling and redness can come and go periodically. As a disorder gets more serious than there is pain during rest and even wearing shoes is quite difficult especially for women in dress shoes. The physicians at our offices are very experienced intravenous condition. Treatment can range from OTC orthotics, custom orthotics, injections and surgery. In some cases a partial joint replacement is required. There are many options for surgical intervention of this condition and is important to get a proper diagnosis and consult with one of our surgeons.