Hallux Rigidus Stiff Big Toe Introduction
A common problem which affects the big toe is called hallux rigidus or stiff big toe. ‘Hallux’ is the Greek word for big toe and ‘rigidus’ indicates the joint is stiff and inflexible.
Hallux rigidus is a form of osteoarthritis which occurs when the cartilage within the joint wears out. The London Foot and Ankle Centre has extensive experience of surgery for hallux rigidus and for some patients, we can offer hallux rigidus surgery as a minimally invasive procedure.
Your big toes bear a great deal of pressure as you walk. With every step, a force equal to about twice your body weight passes through this very small joint. The big toe is used every time we walk, bend down, climb up and even stand still.