Hallux Limitus is a condition that results in stiffness of the big toe joint. It's the early stages of a more advanced condition called Hallux Rigidus. It is normally caused by an abnormal alignment of the long bone behind the big toe joint, called the first metatarsal bone. Left untreated, Hallux Limitus can cause other joint problems, calluses, and/or diabetic foot ulcers. Painful bone spurs also can develop on the top of the big toe joint.
Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and/or functional orthotics are some of the common treatments for stiff big toe. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.
Early treatment can prevent the need for surgery.
More information about this condition can be found under Hallux Rigidus, the more advanced stage of this condition.
If you're having pain in your big toe, make an appointment by calling the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or by requesting an appointment online.