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If your big toe is stiff and it hurts to bend that first joint, you may have developed hallux rigidus. This uncomfortable arthritis results in your toe and first metatarsal bones rubbing together when you try to move. Having a stiff toe is a major indicator of the condition. Other symptoms include swelling around the area, pain, and possibly bumps on top of your foot from bony spurs growing out of the joint. If you are concerned you may have this, experts Dr. Vargas or Dr. Lee will examine your foot and test your toe’s range of motion. They may also take x-rays to get a picture of how the bones are positioned and if there is any spur growth. Once you have been accurately diagnosed, they can work with you to treat the condition. Hallux rigidus is a progressive problem, so if you don’t get help, your stiff toe will only get worse with time. Don’t wait and let the pain and restricted bending limit your life. Contact Foot & Ankle Associates for an appointment by calling 888-784-5335 or more information visit the website contact page.