The early signs of hallux rigidus canBone spurs be vague and you may not realize you are developing this condition. You may start to have difficulty running or squatting. You may feel pain and a certain level of stiffness when you are walking, bending over, or standing for long periods. The joint may swell and look inflamed.
As the condition progresses untreated, the symptoms will worsen. Your toe will begin to hurt even when you are not using it. Bone spurs can form over the joint, making your shoes not fit, or causing pain when your shoe rubs on them. You may start to feel pain in your knee, hip, or lower back due to the fact you are walking differently. You may not connect this pain to your foot, but remember that your feet are bearing all of your weight, and if they are not functioning correctly, your other joints will also be affected. In severe cases, the stiffness will lead to limping.