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Have you ever heard of something called Hallux Rigidus? No?  Although I am sure you have had or known someone who has the symptoms of this condition. Hallux Rigidus is the fancy medical name for a stiff big toe!  The common symptoms of this are pain and stiffness of the big toe when taking a step. Swelling may also be present at the base of the big toe. There is usually a loss of motion in the big toe, pain even while not walking, tender to touch and a limp when walking.

There are many causes to this condition which include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, stubbing your big toe or rolling your foot. This is commonly seen in athletes who roll their foot or stub their toe while running and don’t seek proper treatment. Soccer is a very common sport to see this injury in, for all you soccer fans I’m sure you’re familiar with Thierry Henry, imagine if he was dribbling the ball down the field and accidently stubbed his toe on the ground when trying to kick the ball; something this simple could cause this injury and bench him for weeks while it healed!

The treatment for this injury includes rest, ice and Tylenol, but an x-ray is needed to diagnose this condition. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ can diagnose and treat this condition if you are experiencing these symptoms! After an x-ray has confirmed “stiff big toe” as the condition causing your pain, your doctor will prescribe the proper treatment depending on how bad it is. In mild to moderate cases a steroid injection may be given to help with pain and in severe cases surgery may be required.

by Varun Gujral


The Jones’ always have everything, they even have a foot fracture named after them! This is when the bone of your pinky toe breaks, but not at the toe, the fracture is at the end of the toe bone near the ankle. You can fracture this bone by your ankle being above your foot, while your foot is facing inward and downward. Seems like a weird and unimaginable position, but it is common for athletes to manage to get their foot into this position and break this bone. One sport this is very common in is soccer, if you talked to Mia Hamm she would tell you that getting your foot into this position isn’t as difficult as you would think, and the resulting fracture can bench a player for months.

What are the specific symptoms of a Jones fracture? There will be sudden pain in the fifth toe near the ankle, with possibly deformities seen through the skin. There will be an inability to wear shoes and put any pressure on the foot. This is a serious injury and will require treatment from a podiatrist to fix the fracture. 

It can be fixed with a technique called immediate fixation, which is when the foot is set and casted for 6-8 weeks, with no weight bearing. This is the preferred fix for athletes because it allows a quicker return to the sport; however re-fracture is a lot more likely with this than with the surgical fix. The surgical fix for this injury includes going in and placing plates and screws to heal and stabilize the fracture, so the chances of a re-fracture are far less than with the immobilization. After both the surgery and immobilization fix physical therapy is required to rebuild the muscle strength in the foot.

If you injure yourself playing sports, do not hesitate to call one of offices located in Monroe and Edison, NJ and make an appointment for a complete evaluation

By: Varun Gujral