Painful Big Toe Joint (Hallux Limitus/Rigidus)
The big toe joint (called the metatarsophalangeal joint or MPT joint) is an important joint that needs to be able to bend for the foot to work as efficiently as it should. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, the joint can become stiff and make walking painful at this area – and sometimes it can become so bad that it results in a complete loss of movement.
Footwear is important in these cases. If the joint cannot bend, then a shoe with a stiff sole – or rocker sole – can be useful.
A shoe with a decent heel height may make symptoms worse as this will ask more of the joint and so may be best avoided – or at least limited.
The videos below show exercises that may be useful in strengthening the muscle to help it cope better with the demand that you are placing on it.
Don’t expect things to improve overnight though. It takes time for muscles and joints to adapt and get stronger.
Please see Patient Information Leaflet about Common conditions affecting the big toe (bunion and arthritis)