Arthritis of the big toe is frequently confused with a bunion, but is a very different condition requiring different considerations. With a bunion the issue is the forefoot being too wide, the prominence being to the inner aspect of the big toe. With big toe arthritis (Hallux Rigidus) the lump is on the top of the toe. During early stages there may be little to see externally other than intermittent swelling, but sometimes there may be nothing at all.
Mr Mark Herron talks about the symptoms of arthritis in the big toe and how best to manage the condition
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