A common site of arthritis in the foot is at the base of the big toe. Damage to the cartilage in this area can cause bone formation at the top of the joint that blocks the normal movement, leading to pain and stiffness of the big toe, otherwise known as hallux rigidus. Treatment may include surgery when the hallux rigidus impairs physical activity and movement.
The potential repeated deep flexion of the toe causing injury of the big toe joint.
Nonsurgical methods include:
If you have tried these methods, still suffer from pain and stiffness that impairs your movement or ability to do physical activity, surgical techniques may be an option for you
Surgical methods of treating hallux rigidus include:
Speak to your orthopaedic surgeon about your case and what surgical option may be best suited for you.Cheilectomy of the big toe – this surgery is being done to remove the lump from the top of the joint and allow better movement. Fusion of the big toe – this surgery is done when extensive damage to the cartilage is present.