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Osteoarthritis of the toe

Osteoarthritis of the foot generally affects the joint at the base of your big toe. It can cause your toe to:

  • become stiff over time, which can make it difficult and painful to walk – this is called hallux rigidus
  • become bent, which can lead to painful bunions (bony lumps at the base of your big toe) – this is called hallux valgus.

Osteoarthritis of the mid-foot is also quite common, especially in older people, and may cause an obvious bony swelling (osteophyte) on the top of your mid-foot.

Ankle osteoarthritis is least common and may cause your heel to move to an unusual angle.

Hallux valgus deformity of the big toe

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