Hallux Limitus/Rigidus

Hallux limitus is the development of degenerative arthritis in the big toe joint (first metatarsophalangeal joint) that progressively limits motion in the joint (when the motion is completely gone, the condition is called hallux rigidus). The condition is also characterized by loss of joint space, spur formation and pain. Orthotics can offer some early relief for hallux limitus by removing stress from the joint.

Restoration of joint motion in cases of hallux limitus and rigidus can be achieved surgically by performing the Tricorrectional Osteotomy on moderately progressed joints and joint implantation or fusion on severely affected joints. The Tricorrectional Osteotomy places the joint in a better working position, creating a larger joint space, removing spurs and allowing for an early return to activities. When the joint is significantly progressed, it can be surgically replaced or permanently fused. More information