A stiff big toe is usually the result of advancing hallux rigidus, or osteoarthritis in the first joint of the big toe. Wear and tear over an extended period of time grind down on the protective layers, or cartilage, between bones. Then the bone ends begin to grind against each other painfully. This stiffens the joint and makes it much harder to use. As the condition advances, bone spurs may grow out of the top or side of the joint, restricting movement even further.
The sooner you address your stiff big toe, the easier it will be to manage the condition. Hallux rigidus is a progressive problem that will only worsen and decrease your mobility further if you let it go. If you’re concerned about your big toe becoming stiff and uncomfortable, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can use our online request form, or you can contact either of our offices by phone or fax: call our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000, or fax (480) 963-0375; call our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800, or fax (480) 981-0229.