Hallux rigidus is a disabling degenerative condition of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint which causes alterations of normal gait. The goal of this study was to gain insight regarding more optimal rehabilitation of patients with hallux rigidus following fusion surgery. Motion analysis was done before and after surgery on 5 patients with hallux rigidus. Temporal-spatial parameters improved following surgery. Hallux motion was restricted following fusion surgery as expected with an overall reduction in pain. The results suggest the continued use of functional foot orthoses following joint fusion to reduce increased demands on adjacent foot structures while developing a stable ambulatory motion pattern.
Foot and ankle, Gait, Hallux rigidus, Arthrodesis, Rehabilitation
This work was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education
Karl Canseco, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Froedtert Hospital East Clinics
Motion Analysis Laboratory
9200 W Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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