Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)
Hallux rigidus most frequently occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 60. It appears to develop after a trauma, injury, or significant stress. Researchers do not know why some people develop hallux rigidus and others do not.
Hallux rigidus is a condition that gets worse over time. Eventually, it may be very difficult to move your big toe. It can affect your ability to walk, stand, and participate in your regular activities. Your toe may feel painful even when you are resting.
Your doctor can diagnose hallux rigidus by reviewing your medical history and conducting an examination. X-rays will be taken to identify arthritis, bone spurs, and other structural abnormalities.
The toe joint may be removed and replaced with artificial implants, in a procedure called arthroplasty. Arthroplasty is used to restore motion and relieve pain. It can be a good option for older adults.
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