Hallux limitus or hallux rigidus refers to the symptomatic big toe joint in the foot. Symptoms include pain and decreased or limited range of motion of the joint which may cause difficulty in walking, physical activity, and alter one’s gait. These symptoms may develop over time with or without an injury. Patients usually notice enlargement of the big toe joint. If you have noticed such symptoms, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatric surgeon for an evaluation and assessment. Clinical and radiograph examination can reveal the extent of the pathology, ie arthritic and degenerative changes of the joint.
Did you know that your feet support almost 2 times your bodyweight while walking and up to 9 times your bodyweight while running? That is a lot of pressure on a relatively small part of your body. Any structural or functional abnormality may render your feet incapable of withstanding the enormous forces placed on them, leading to breakdown of the intricate bone structure. As your feet play a role in almost any type of exercise or routine physical activity that you engage in, keeping them healthy is very important.