Perspectives on orthopaedics

Managing hallux rigidus – every step of the way

Perspectives on orthopaedics

Managing hallux rigidus – every step of the way

DANIEL M. GEORGE, ANTHONY NGUYEN

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Abstract

Hallux rigidus is a painful arthritic condition of the great toe, with even mild disease causing functional limitation. Fortunately, it can be managed effectively.

Article Extract

Hallux rigidus (‘great toe arthritis’) is one of the most common arthritic conditions of the foot, presenting as pain and stiffness in the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ). It has a bimodal presentation, commonly presenting in patients aged in their 50s or 60s and less commonly in young athletic patients after ligament trauma.1,2 The condition is progressive in nature and early symptoms can be managed nonoperatively; however, many patients seek surgical intervention as symptoms progress.3