Arthritis of the Big Toe (Hallux Limitus)
Arthritis, in general terms, is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis has multiple causes; just as a sore throat may have its origin in a variety of diseases, so joint inflammation and arthritis are associated with many different illnesses.
The big toe is one of the most common joints in the body to develop arthritis. It is not always associated with a bunion deformity.
There are multiple options for treating arthritis in the big toe, and a variety of surgical techniques depending on the severity of arthritis.
These range from simply removing some of the bone spurs to joint replacement or fusion.
Modified footwear and orthoses can also help.