Why is My Big Toe Stiff?

Robert Kosofsky, D.P.M.
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Dr. Robert Kosofsky has over 25 years of experience treating patients in our Hillsborough & Piscataway offices

Hallux Limitus is a condition that results in stiffness of the big toe joint. It can cause immobility and limit of motion in the big toe.
 

Causes of a Stiff Big Toe

It is normally caused by an abnormal alignment of the long bone behind the big toe joint called the first metatarsal bone. Left untreated, Hallux Limitus can cause other joint problems, calluses, and diabetic foot ulcers. Painful bone spurs also can develop on the top of the big toe joint.
 

Treatment of Hallux Limitus

Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and/or functional orthotics are some of the common treatments for stiff big toe. Consult your physician before taking any medications. Surgery may be prescribed if spurring around the joint becomes severe.