As you know I am suffering from foot pain in my right foot and have been sent to see a podiatrist to discuss my problems. I’ve had a cortison injection which didn’t help and have now been sent for an xray.
Hallux rigidus is essentially a progressive arthritis leading to stiffness and pain in the big toe joints , which is caused by the loss of cartilage, which occurs first along the top half of this joint.
They say it can take many years to develop, and in the later stages of this disease process, cartilage covering the remainder of the joint surface also erodes, leading to a progressively worse and more bothersome arthritic joint.
The pain, stiffness, and swelling in the great toe joint, is the main symptom, which can also be similar to Gout and also from low back disc problems. This can be aggravated by prolonged walking/standing and tight shoes. Swelling usually occurs along the top half of the joint, and will be frequently have some bone spurs.
In most cases, the problem can be treated successfully non-operatively but sometimes an operation to shave some bone away. I am now awaiting my results to find out which option my podiatrist will choose for me.