SPECIAL FOCUS: Foot and AnkleHallux rigidus: current concepts in surgical treatmentMomoh, EO; Anderson, JGAuthor Information Correspondence to John G. Anderson, MD, 1111 Leffingwell NE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA Tel: +616 459 7101; fax: +616 464 6170; e-mail: [email protected] Current Orthopaedic Practice: April 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 136-139 doi: 10.1097/BCO.0b013e31819bca71 Buy Metrics Abstract Hallux rigidus is a common affliction of the forefoot. As with most degenerative conditions, its progressive nature makes the relief offered by conservative management temporary in most patients. A variety of operative procedures have been described with varying success. Presently, first metatarsophalangeal cheilectomy and arthrodesis are the mainstay of treatment for early and advanced stages of the disease, respectively. Treatment of advanced stages of disease remains controversial because of the restrictions on activity and foot wear that arthrodesis imposes. Consequently, interest in developing motion-sparing endoprosthesis and interpositional arthroplasty techniques as alternatives have recently increased. This paper reviews recent progress made with these techniques. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.