Hallux Limitus Pain
What causes it?
Hallux Limitus is often a result of a degenerative-type arthritis condition that affects the large joint at the base of the big toe causing Hallux Limitus pain. The degenerative arthritis is called Osteoarthritis and is wear and tear on the joint surface over time. The condition may follow an injury to the joint, multiple minor injuries or from poor foot mechanics over time increasing stress on the cartilage within the joint. In this condition, there is limited range of motion and stiffness in the big toe joint, making it difficult to bend or extend the toe. It is considered a progressive condition that can worsen over time if not properly managed.
The joint at the base of the great toe is called the “metatarsal-phalangeal joint” or MTP joint. Like any other joint in the body, the joint is covered with articular cartilage, a very slick shiny covering on the end of the bone. If this material is injured, it begins a slow process of “wearing out” or degeneration. Once the articular cartilage is worn away bone rubs against raw bone. Bone spurs, called Osteophytes form around the joint. These Osteophytes restrict the motion in the joint, especially the ability of the toe to bend upward when the foot moves forward.
If your pain is causing you concern, you may need to book an appointment for a Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Assessment. It’s important for individuals with hallux limitus to seek a Podiatrist’s medical evaluation and treatment, as early intervention can help prevent the condition from progressing to a more severe stage. Proper treatment can also alleviate pain and improve foot function, allowing you to get back to doing the things you love.
Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Assessment is a series of clinical tests to determine the underlying cause of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. At the end of the assessment, your Podiatrist will give you a treatment plan which may include:
- Exercise Programme
- Prescription Orthotics
- Surgery Referral to an Orthopedic Surgeon.