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Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis that occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe. People who have fallen arches or excesive pronation (rolling) of the ankle are more likely to develop hallux rigidus. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 30-60, and can be inherited.
Causes include putting stress on the toes or as simple as stubbing your toe.
Symptoms of hallux rigidus may include swelling and inflammation around the joint. pain and stiffness in your big toe when standing or walking. You may also have difficulty running, squatting or bending.
As this condition progresses, the toe's motion decreases until the big toe becomes stiff. This is then known as "frozen joint". You may have constant pain in the toe joint, even when resting. Other parts of your foot may become painful since you are shifting your weight off the big toe. Knees, hips, and your lower back may hurt due to changes in your walking gait, and you may start limping.
Non-Surgical Treatments:
-Padding your foot with a bunion guard
-orthotic inserts in your shoes
-wearing stiff-soled shoes with a wide toe box
-calf stretching exercises
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