Hallux Rigidus


Hallux rigidus ia a condition that causes joint pain and stiffness at the base of the big toe.

This condition can be very disabling as the big toe effects how we walk and move.


  • Poor biomechanics- for example fallen arches. Causing excessive tissue stress on the big toe joint which can lead to wear and tear type arthritis
  • Injury- Overuse,  especially in people who have increased stress on their big toe joint for example, squatting or stooping. Stubbing the toe can also lead to hallux limitus and rigidus
  • Genetic
  • Other inflammatory diseases for example Rheumatoid arthritis or gout


  • Pain and stiffness of the big toe
  • Pain worse in cold, damp weather
  • Increase in pain after activities involving pressure on the big toe


  • Orthotics to offload tissues and improve foot function
  • Pain relief medication
  • If conservative methods do not work then surgery may be required