A very common sight in arthritis of the foot is developing a “stiff big toe”. The “stiff big toe” or Hallus Rigidis in medical terms is a form of degenerative arthritis which causes stiffness and pain in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, the joint which connects your big toe with the rest of the foot. Big stiff toe causes a bunion to appear at this joint, making your foot visually displeasing along with the pain it inflicts. There are various surgical and non-surgical treatments available with which you can get rid of this medical condition.
What is Hallux Rigidis?
The Hallux Rigidis as its name suggests is a medical condition which occurs in the MTP joint where your big toe (Hallux) meets the rest of the foot. Like any other joint, the MTP has a cartilage to cushion movements of the joint while moving, standing or running. The wearing out of this cartilage causes friction in the joint causing it to become inflamed, rigid and stiff (Rigidis). The hallux rigidis is a progressive condition which means it worsens with time. Sometimes just the upper part of the joint is affected, while the rest of the joint stays undamaged.