Hallux rigidus is a common condition treated by foot and ankle specialists. Hallux rigidus is arthritis of the big toe joint. Hallux rigidus happens when the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones of the big toe joint deteriorates and causes the space between the bones to decrease and the bones start to rub together. Hallux rigidus can be caused from multiple different issues such as primary osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or posttraumatic arthritis.
Hallux rigidus is diagnosed after thorough history and physical exam with your foot and ankle specialist. X-rays are an important part of determining the severity of the arthritis.
Your foot and ankle surgeon will discuss many surgical options for treating arthritis of the big toe joint. The decision for surgery is usually made after all other treatment options are exhausted and pain has not improved.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.