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What Is Hallux Limitus/Rigidus?

by MASS4D® Insoles November 08, 2016

The term ‘hallux’ refers to your big toe. This condition begins with limited movement and pain in your big toe joint (limitus), and gradually progresses to no movement in the joint at all (rigidus).  

Understanding the symptoms and causes of hallux limitus/rigidus can help individuals in taking better care of their feet. 

Redness and inflammation at the base of the big toe are observed in hallux limitus/rigidus. This condition is a form of arthritis that can be caused by trauma, hereditary factors or improper weight distribution to the joint due to flat feet.

The big toe joint is built to support approximately 60% of the body’s weight during standing and movement.


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A flatfoot posture allows for excess weight to fall on the big toe joint, causing too much stress; the joint responds with inflammation and arthritic changes.

By conducting detailed physical examinations, a foot specialist will be able to get a better idea of the progression of the problem. X-rays are often used to locate the presence of arthritis and evaluate the overall condition of the foot.

Early intervention is critical in a hallux limitus/rigidus diagnoses, or it could lead to the development of a bunion. Treatment generally includes stretching and strengthening exercises. In addition, you may be required to wear orthotics to make the treatment more effective.

Using MASS4D® foot insoles helps support your foot in the corrected posture. This allows healthy movement of the toes and even distribution of weight to reduce swelling on the big toe joint.

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