Stiff Big Toe
Return to a Pain-Free Life
If you are experiencing pain and limited mobility of your big toe, you may be experiencing Hallux rigidus, or "stiff big toe". This condition is the most common type of arthritis in the foot and affects the joint at the base of the big toe. Hallux rigidus can impede movement and make it difficult to walk. Thankfully, our experienced podiatrists can help your stiff big toe in New York, NY, and get you back on your feet.
Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus
The most common symptom of hallux rigidus is pain in the big toe joint with activity, especially when applying pressure or pushing off to walk. There may also be swelling around the big toe joint, difficulty moving and bending the toe, and a bump on top of the big toe joint.
Causes of Hallux Rigidus
There is no one single cause of hallux rigidus. However, this condition usually occurs in those over age 30 and affects more women. There are several other risk factors, including:
- Big toe injury
- Elevated or longer first foot bone
- Other abnormalities in foot anatomy
- Family history of hallux rigidus or arthritis.
If you have hallux rigidus, some treatment options include pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, and ice to reduce pain. Additionally, avoiding thin-soled or high-heeled shoes can minimize the pressure at the top of the joint, and our customized orthotics that limit motion at the big toe joint also can help.
If your pain persists after you complete conservative treatment options, surgery will be considered. Our experts can help determine which surgery is right for you during your consultation.
Contact Our Podiatrists to Treat Stiff Big Toe in New York, NY, Today
To experience our award-winning podiatric care, schedule your New Patient Consultation today by calling (646) 657-0070. You may also click here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Discuss Your Goals
- Have All Your Questions Answered
- Complete Examination
- Custom Treatment Options
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments, cutting-edge technology, and anything else you may want to know about us!