Hallux rigidus (turf toe): A Case of Back Pain

Another case today. Right hallux limited dorsiflexion range. Causing early heel rise in late midstance phase of gait because the forefoot rocker was impaired. Thus, the client will see reduced hip extension and inhibit glureal function and either: 1- destabilize the Sacroiliac joint bc compression is lost across the joint And/or 2- force the patient to increase lumbar lordosis, or spin the torso/pelvis outward to equal the step length on the opposite side which occurred through proper hip extension. ( at the cost of tipping the right hemipelvis anterior thus affecting the lower right abdominals. ) Something has to give to make up for the loss at the big toe ! Certainly there are many other strategies to play out other than this one.