Big Toe Pain
“Hallux limitus/rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time it gets increasingly harder to bend the toe”
You may or may not have pain and/or stiffness in your big toe joint but can still have hallux limitus. It is a progressive disorder that if not treated properly can lead to your joint fusing. If it does fuse then you would lose the ability the bend the joint and it would not function properly.
Walking, running, jumping, stooping, climbing, most all activities can be affected by the joint pain. In order to stay active and pain free you need to have the correct diagnosis and treatment algorithm in place. Many people confuse hallux limitus with hallux valgus which is a bunion. They are both located near the big toe but are two different joints and may have different treatment algorithms.
The earlier hallux limitus is diagnosed the easier it will be to treat. You cannot reverse the damage that has been done or stop further damage but with proper shoe gear and custom orthotics that are made to address the issue you can slow the progression of the joint and reduce or eliminate all pain.
If you are experiencing big toe/joint pain then call Dr. Hollander at 707-578-1222, today for an evaluation and to be advised as to what the next steps would be to slow the progression of the joint.
Click here for further reading and education on hallux limitus: http://www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/hallux-rigidus.htm