Hallux Rigidus

Medical Considerations for Hallux Rigidus

Pain in the metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) may cause you to compensate while walking or running by placing more weight on the lateral (outside) side of the forefoot in order to take pressure off the joint and the big toe, especially when the foot pushes off the ground during walking or running. This compensation can produce other conditions such as metatarsalgia. In some cases of hallux rigidus, and especially in situations where the condition is advanced, surgery may be necessary. Catching the condition early is better than waiting until an advanced stage, so if you have symptoms, see your physician or foot health professional at your earliest opportunity.



Reviewed by: Robert P. Thompson, C.Ped, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Last updated: January 19, 2016 


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