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 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.
Anti-inflammatory medication is the most widely used treatment for pain and inflammation.
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:
Moderate pain at shorter intervals; possibly a bone spur on top of the joint.
Severe pain, a visible bone growth on top of the joint.
Are you experiencing symptoms associated with hallux limitus? The highly skilled podiatrists at Marina del Rey Hospital can answer questions, provide information, and suggest treatment options based on your specific medical condition.