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By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
October 14, 2014
Category: 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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By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
October 10, 2014
Category: Hallux Rigidus

Is your big toe stiff and painful?

You may have a disorder called Hallux Rigidus.  Hallux is referring to the big toe and rigidus means the toe is stiff and unable to move.

Hallux Rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis and occurs when there is a wearing out of the cartilage in between the toe joint.  It is also a progressive condition.  This means that the motion of the toe may decrease over time.  During the beginning stages of the disorder it may be called Hallux Limitus because the motion is only slightly limited.  As time goes on motion will decrease and the toe will become very stiff and may be called a “frozen joint.”

There are other problems that may occur as the toe becomes stiff. 

Some of the early signs/symptoms are:

·         There may be some swelling along the toe joint.

·         You might have difficulty during certain activities.

·         Your big toe is stiff and painful when trying to use it.

·         The pain and stiffness is aggravated by cold, damp weather.

As the disorder gets worse these symptoms may occur:

·         Your toe may be painful at all times

·         You may start to limp.

·         Pain in other parts of your body (hip, knee, lower back) caused by walking differently

·         It may be painful to wear shoes, because bone spurs may develop.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms Contact Us at 701-255-3338 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS