Hallux Limitus, is where the big toe joint becomes stiff and often painful with movement. This is usually caused by osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) of the joint at the base of the big toe.
In some case the joint becomes completely stiff and does not move at all – Hallux Rigidus.
How to treat Hallux Limitus
None of these treatments will cure Hallux Limitus but they should help you to manage your symptoms.
If you have persistent redness, heat, pain and swelling that cannot be explained by increased activity or rubbing from footwear please seek medical advice.
- Wear well-fitting shoes with a low heel and laces or an adjustable strap fitting.
- Avoid shoes with thin/flexible soles.
- Shoes with stiffer soles which are slightly rocker shaped across the forefoot can limit bending of the joint during walking and reduce painful symptoms.
- Avoid high heels or narrow shoes.
- See our footwear advice leaflet for more information.
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You should try these first line treatments for at least 12 weeks. If you notice an improvement please continue to follow the treatments until your symptoms become manageable.
If you have followed the treatment for at least 12 weeks and your symptoms aren’t manageable please contact a healthcare professional for advice. This may be your GP, Pharmacist, NHS Podiatry Service or a Private Podiatrist.
Please make sure your podiatrist is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and look out for the letters HCPC after their name.