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Non-Surgical Treatments for Toe Pain

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Hallux Limitus is often described as having a “stiff big toe joint.” It is a common toe condition and is characterized by a limited or decreased range of motion in the joint of the big toe. It is most often caused by an abnormal foot structure such as flat feet. However, there are many factors that can lead to this condition.

Foot specialists, Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, treat this toe condition on a regular basis in their Dallas, TX and Plano, TX podiatric offices. Patients often complain of pain in the big toe joint especially after exercise, a bump at the top of the big toe, an inability to flex the toe upward, and calluses on the side of the big toe.

Hallux Limitus can worsen over time and the toe joint can become rigid or frozen and possibly arthritic. For this reason, we provide several conservative treatment options for Hallux Limitus to prevent that from happening:

  • Orthotics Can Help with Toe PainAnti-inflammatory medications that can decrease pain and inflammation in the toe joint
  • Physical therapy to increase motion in the toe joint
  • Custom orthotics that support and stabilize the foot and decrease the chance of further degeneration of the toe joint. This is accomplished by improving the function of the foot, particularly the great toe joint
  • Bracing to limit motion and stress on the joint to prevent further damage to the toe joint
  • Shoe therapy with stiff-soled or rocker-bottom shoes to help increase motion in the toe joint


The goal of these conservative treatments is to improve the motion of the toe joint and slow down the progression of the condition. Early intervention is key to avoiding surgery or serious complications. If you are experiencing pain and stiffness in your big toe, please contact us today for treatment. You can schedule an appointment by calling either of our podiatric offices (972) 566-7474 in Dallas, TX or (972) 943-3323 in Plano, TX. 

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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