Hallux limitus Stiff toe

Hallux limitus describes a condition where the hallux (great toe) becomes stiff. This limited range of motion results in jamming of the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint (1st mpj or great toe joint). Over time, repetitive jamming will contribute to arthritis of the great toe joint. The most characteristic sign of hallux limitus is a bump (exostosis) on top of the head of the 1st metatarsal. In fact, many doctors also refer to hallux limitus as a dorsal bunion.