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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Hallux Limitus Treatment?

Hallux Limitus is a painful degenerative condition that needs immediate treatment to prevent worsening of the symptoms. It is essential that you see a doctor if you suspect you may have hallux limitus. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our podiatrists are here to provide friendly and professional diagnosis and treatment for your specific case. 

Hallux limitus is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the big toe joint where the foot and the toe meet. It is most commonly the result of degenerative arthritis. Over time, if left untreated, the big toe stiffens and can become rigid and painful, another condition known as hallux rigidus.

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Drugs for Hallux Limitus

Anti-inflammatory medication is the most widely used treatment for pain and inflammation.

Symptoms of Hallux Limitus

  • Pain while walking or standing, or even when at rest.
  • Limited range of motion in the big toe.
  • Bone spurs on the top of the joint.
  • Inflammation of the joint.
  • Hip or lower back pain, caused by changes in the way you walk.
  • Discomfort with footwear (e.g. shoes without proper arch support).

Diagnosis of Hallux Limitus

It is important to see a doctor soon after you start experiencing the symptoms above, as this condition is degenerative and can relatively quickly turn into hallux rigidus, a more serious problem that most often requires surgery.

The doctor will hear your signs and family history, examine your feet and possibly require additional imaging such as X-rays to assess the severity of the degeneration.

There are four stages of hallux limitus:

Stage 1

Relative pain.

Stage 2

Moderate pain at shorter intervals; possibly a bone spur on top of the joint.

Stage 3

Severe pain, a visible bone growth on top of the joint.

Stage 4

Hallux rigidus.

Risk Factors for Hallux Limitus

  • Wearing improper footwear.
  • Inheriting a predisposition for high arches or fallen arches.
  • A genetic predisposition to arthritis.

Causes of Hallux Limitus

  • A longer than usual big toe.
  • Toe injuries.
  • An elevated big toe.
  • Harmful repetitive motions such as stooping or squatting.
  • Chronic inflammation.
  • Turmeric: may be used in warm compresses placed on top of the joint.
  • Linseed oil: may also be applied in compresses or bandages tightly wrapped around the joint.
  • Always wear comfortable, supportive shoes with wide toe boxes and a natural shape.
  • Wear podiatrist-recommended orthotics if you feel any pain or discomfort.

Are you experiencing symptoms associated with hallux limitus? The highly skilled podiatrists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital can answer questions, provide information, and suggest treatment options based on your specific medical condition.

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