Foot Health

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus, sometimes called stiff big toe, can cause stiffness, swelling and pain around the base of the big toe joint. This can affect the base joint of the big toe and its range of motion, and pain may worsen throughout the day due to constant flexing. Generally, pain concentrates on top of the big toe joint. The disease can progress from Hallux Limitus, where big toe motion is limited, to Hallux Rigidus, where the big toe becomes rigid. Heredity, overuse, injury and structural abnormalities can contribute to this condition.

Footwear that includes a soft, roomy toe area can reduce pressure on the joint while protecting it from squeezing and cramping. Also look for stiffer soles to discourage the flexing motion. A carbon graphite foot plate can provide relief by limiting the flexing motion in the toes and forefoot. The Vasyli Danaberg Full-Length Orthotic is an over-the-counter insole that is engineered to promote natural biomechanical foot function.

Custom orthoses are often recommended by doctors when over-the-counter solutions don’t work. Our certified pedorthists can fill your medical professional’s prescription for custom orthoses and support your doctor’s recovery plan.

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a diagnosis. A qualified allied medical professional should fit all therapeutic footwear purchases. These shoes are available over-the-counter with or without a prescription. Therapeutic footwear offered through this site does not treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease. Always consult your physician for questions pertaining to your specific diagnosis and treatment protocol. Product Specialists will be happy to speak to you about any recommendations your doctor may have provided, or information regarding recommendations based on biomechanical principles. Please call 1.800.728.6247.

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