Hallux Limitus -----
The big toe is referred to anatomically as the Hallux. The Hallux is important for proper balance of the entire foot while walking. Hallux limitus is a condition described by a loss of range of motion of the big toe. Decreased range of motion can be caused by a variety of conditions that range from trauma to arthritis. The hallux often becomes painful due to the inflammation and swelling that occur within the joint. Over time a stiff big toe can progress lead to jamming of the joint.
What are the symptoms?
- A feeling of stiffness with decreased range of motion
- Pain on the top of the big toe
- Redness and swelling at the joint
- Irritation and callus formation on skin
- Tenderness upon palpation
- Pain that is worse with activity and certain shoes
What causes Hallux Limitus?
- Arthritic conditions
- Anatomy of the foot
Treatment depends on the severity of the condition.
- Custom orthotics
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections
- Surgery involving soft tissue and bone or Hallux joint implant arthroplasty may be indicated in moderate to severe cases.