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Hallux Limitus | Toe Pain and Limited Movement

by Dr. David R. Northcutt
Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

“Hi, my name is Dr. David Northcutt. I’m going to talk a little bit today about Hallux Limitus, or Hallux Rigidus. Hallux refers to the first toe, Limitus or Rigidus refers to limited motion or the rigidity of the first toe joint. This condition can lead to loss of cartilage, also known as arthritis.

This develops due to structural deformities of the foot, as well as biomechanics problems. Over time, the big toe joint moves less and less which causes more and more pain. This problem is exacerbated by certain types of shoes and activities. Running, squatting, and wearing high heels often times will cause more pain in the joint. The higher the heel of the shoe, the more stress is placed on the first toe joint, which can lead to more pain.

The way that this is treated is with anti-inflammatories, sometimes orthotics can be used, also injections can be helpful. Shoe modifications are also one of the best methods for reducing pain. When non-surgical methods do not work, surgery sometimes is indicated. That does sometimes include just shaving the bones off the top or the bump off the top of the joint. It also can include fusing the first toe or putting in a fake joint to reduce the pain.

The best time to treat this is when pain first starts. It’s a lot easier to treat the joint early rather than wait until surgery would be indicted.

These are bone spurs that will form and will cause pain, there is also decrease in joint space, which also causes pain.

If you have any questions or pain in the area of your first toe joint, please feel free to give us a call. We would be honored to be a part of your healthcare team!”

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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