What are the symptoms of big toe arthritis? Are some people at higher risk of developing it, and if so, who?

Dr. Barnett discusses symptoms of big toe arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Big toe arthritis – known as hallux rigidus – is when the big toe joint is affected by arthritis, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS).

For most people, symptoms start with pain in the big toe while they are being active – especially when pushing off to walk, according to the AOFAS. Joint swelling, joint stiffness, and being unable to bend the toe up or down also are symptoms for some people.

Sometimes a bump can form on top of the big toe and become sore from rubbing inside the shoes, according to the AOFAS.

Women are more likely than men to suffer from big toe arthritis, which usually happens to people between age 30 and 60, according to the AOFAS.

Talk to your doctor for more information about big toe arthritis symptoms.

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