If you have arthritis in multiple places, you may be concerned about a stiff big toe and wondering, “Who does hallux rigidus affect, anyway?” Hallux rigidus is osteoarthritis in the first joint of the big toe, so it can affect anyone. However, the older you are, the more likely you are to develop the problem. The condition is most common in adults between 30 and 60 years old. The problem also appears far more frequently in women than in men. Some researchers theorize this is because women are more likely to wear fashionable shoes that overuse the big toe joint, stressing it over the years.
Certain foot anatomy can increase your risk for the problem as well. An unusually long or poorly aligned first metatarsal, or an inefficient arch, may strain the forefoot and contribute to arthritis. Having a family history of the problem or a past injury to the joint also make the problem more likely. If you notice a stiffness and pain in your big toe, let Dr. Victoria Melhuish in Carson City, NV, know. See how the Sierra Foot & Ankle staff can help. Call (775) 783-8037 or send us an online request to make an appointment.