(Arthritis Of The Big Toe)
Hallux rigidus is defined as osteoarthritis of the big toe. This condition causes stiffness that limits joint range of motion, in flexion and mainly extension of the hallux, causing an alteration of the normal biomechanics of walking.
A direct trauma to the toe or a deformity of the foot called hallux valgus may increase the symptoms of hallux rigidus.
To date, the exact causes of osteoarthritis have not been fully identified. An exacerbation of symptoms usually occurs during a period when the level of physical activity has been drastically increased.
Treatment of Hallux Rigid consists of Class IV Laser Therapy, management of any biomechanics stresses in the area and exercise rehabilitation to address any weaknesses that can be putting undue stress on the area.