Hallux Rigidus is a chronic degeneration of the first toe leading to arthritis of the large joint at the base of the big toe. Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms and are worsening as the degeneration progresses.
In the early stage, stiff soled shoe modification, injections, and pain medication may help; however, mid and end-stage disease may require a surgical procedure to improve the symptoms: Milder forms of Hallux Rigidus can be treated with removal of bone spurs (cheilectomy) to improve your range of motion. More advanced stages of Hallux Rigidus can be treated with joint replacement or, as a procedure of last resort, with a joint fusion leaving your joint permanently stiff.
For many patients, preservation of motion in the big toe is important both from a functional and esthetic perspective. Standing on your toes to reach a high shelf, bending down on the floor, or using fashionable shoes with higher heels all require toe mobility to perform these functions best
Every patient is different, but results from over 20,000 HemiCAP Toe implantations have shown that many activities can be enjoyed again. See some of their success stories here.
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