Hallux rigidus: therapeutic exercise
published in July - August 2019 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.4
Annalisa Corradini, Stefano Sorrentino

The hallux rigidus is a pathological condition due to arthritis of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the first toe, with consequent pain, reduced mobility and sometimes swelling. The persistence of the symptom over time leads in almost all cases to an antalgic gait in lateral support, in an attempt to unload weight off the big toe. This in the long-run can determine stiffness, pain and contractures of the rotational hip muscles; moreover, the patient establishes a strongly altered compensatory gait mechanism. This article proposes therapeutic exercise which utilize exercises aimed at recovering a physiological gait pattern, with a correct phase of push-off of the foot.