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What Are the Causes of Hallux Rigidus?

What are the causes of Hallux Rigidus?

There are a few causes that are common for Hallux Rigidus.  The functions of the foot may be faulty.  There may be abnormal structure of the foot which might lead to osteoarthritis in the big toe joint.  The people that have osteoarthritis usually have some type of change in the function of the toe or foot that causes the osteoarthritis.  People with excessive pronation or fallen arches are more likely to get hallux rigidus.

Hallux rigidus may also run in the family.  It can be caused by a genetic foot type that may be prone to getting this disorder.

It can also be caused by over use.  If a person has a lot of stress on their big toe it can cause this disorder.  It is usually in people that stoop or squat a lot.

An injury is another common cause of hallux rigidus.  One common injury would be stubbing your big toe.

Inflammatory diseases may cause it, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

It is easiest to treat if this disorder is caught in the early stages before bone spurs develop.  Your podiatrist will have to do some range of motion tests and possibly some X-rays to determine the severity of the hallux rigidus.

It is best to have a foot and ankle doctor look at your toe to determine the cause and severity of this disorder.  Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS can help find out the cause and determine the best treatment option.  Contact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to set up an appointment.


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