Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus is when the joint of the big toe is stiff, and there may have started to develop arthritis in the joint. Hallux Rigidus usually occurs due of the big toe does not bend under load. Hallux Rigidus can also occur after an injury where the joint has been damaged. Symptoms include joint stiffness and pain when walking. There is a swelling around the joint, and there are bone deposits on the joint, which can lead to difficulty in wearing shoes. X-rays can show that there is arthritis in the joint.

To treat hallux Rigidus, we are working on getting the movement back in the big toe joint. Usually, the primary cause is an underlying condition called Functional Hallux Limitus, which we treat first. We do this with the device StretchPower. The pain usually arises from the joint not moving, and there is increased pressure on the joint. We get the movement started, and the pain usually subsides completely. Even if the X-ray shows arthritis in the joint, it’s usually getting pain-free. It is not arthritis that causes the pain. It is the muscular weakness around the joint. A strong joint with arthritis does not have to hurt.


The treatment for hallux rigidus is to regain the movement in the joint and correct the condition Functional Hallux Limitus.

Treatment step by step

  • First, we go through the cause of the problem, and we look at the posture of the foot.
  • Then strength and mobility tests are performed on the feet.
  • We treat the joints that do not move as they should.
  • Then we have a basis on how we should treat the feet.
  • For Hallux Rigidus, we must treat the right muscles to release the tension that gives the pain and reduced mobility.


  • The treatment is done with a device called StretchPower. With the help of a bar, we expose the lower leg to pressure so that the ankle is bent, mobility increases, and the error is corrected. Before the treatment begins, we adjust the leg in the correct position in StretchPower to get the desired effect on the treatment.
  • After the treatment, we go through how you walk and use your gait. The walking pattern always needs to be corrected so that you start using your feet in the right way and bring out the function of the foot when you walk