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Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis. Hallux (refers to the big toe) rigidus (refers to stiffness) usually affects adults between 30 and 60 years of age -- and often it is the result of a prior sports injury.

It is the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTP joint) that is affected and the condition develops gradually over time. Not all injured athletes develop hallux rigidus -- which begs the question: Why do some people develop hallux rigidus but others do not? Read more in Hallux Rigidus - What You Need to Know.

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April 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(1) Jon Portman says:

I’m a 25 year old actor and performer that’s just been diagnosed with hallux rigidus to the degree that one should see in a sixty year old. I’ve been told that although in its early stages, joint resurfacing is soon to be a possibility. is this is true can anyone give me any details of people that could help? I can’t dance with the joint like this… this may cause problems cheers

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