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Treatment for Stiffness in the Big Toe

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Stiffness in the big toe, medically known as hallux rigidus, usually develops due to arthritis, especially in adults between 30 and 60 years old. This stiffness in the big toe is often found to be the result of past sports injuries. Symptoms can worsen over time, leading to persistent pain, difficulty in wearing shoes, and changes in the way you walk. Treatment options include non-surgical approaches, such as modifying footwear, adjusting activities, and using medications to manage pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. One option is cheilectomy, where bone spurs are removed to improve joint movement. Another surgical option is arthrodesis, which involves fusing the joint to reduce pain. These procedures aim to alleviate symptoms and improve big toe function. Given the complexity of hallux rigidus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and the appropriate treatment recommendations. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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