Big toe joint pain is also known as Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidis. This can be caused by a severe traumatic incident, underlying joint conditions such as Arthritis, or an underlying biomechanical problem. In some cases the patient will have some mobility within the joint, but others may have no movement at all.
Excruciating pain within the toe can be experienced with movement, which is exacerbated by sporting activities such as Squash and Football. The affected toe will be raised, pointing upwards, resulting in difficulty wearing standard shoes. This can also result in corns, blisters and callus from rubbing against footwear. Back pain is also another common complaint.
By carrying out a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Assessment, your podiatrist may recommend stretching and/or orthotics, as well as provide you with footwear advice.