Best Brooks Shoes for Hallux Rigidus
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The condition known as Hallux Rigidus causes big toe stiffness that can occur at any age. It is often, but not always, accompanied by pain and swelling, and the joint can sometimes feel hot and might look red. The joint gets stiff due to wear and tear and can sometimes also be known as osteoarthritis of the big toe. We need flexibility in our big toe when we walk and run, which can be painful and irritate a stiff toe with Hallux Rigidus. Having the correct footwear in terms of fit, support, and structure can make a big difference to your comfort and the efficiency of your movement.
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The best Adidas shoes for Hallux Rigidus will have thick cushioning, a low heel-to-toe drop and a spacious toe box. This keeps pressure off the big toe and helps to absorb the impact of landing and push off. A rocker sole or carbon plate will offer further stiffness through the shoe to reduce the need for big-toe extension. From our experience, we recommend the Adidas SolarGlide 6 for mild symptoms, Adizero SL for moderate symptoms and Adizero Adios Pro 3 for severe symptoms. Read our review of each shoe below.
We recommend the Adidas SolarGlide 6 as the best shoe for mild Hallux Rigidus.
The Adidas SolarGlide 6 is a well-cushioned shoe with the signature Adidas Boost sole for a soft but responsive feel, and a low 10mm heel-to-toe drop.
This shoe has the Adidas LEP, which stands for Lineal Energy Push. This is a stiff, reinforced material in the sole, which prevents too much extension through the forefoot.Buy Men's Buy Women's
We recommend the Adidas Adizero SL as the best shoe for moderate Hallux Rigidus.
The Adidas Adizero SL is designed with the updated Adidas LightstrikePRO foam, so has plush cushioning and a light, responsive feel.
It has a Lightstrike EVA chassis for stability through the mid sole. The curved shape of the sole helps to role from heel-to-toe without excessive big toe extension.Buy Men's Buy Women's
We recommend the Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 as the best shoe for severe Hallux Rigidus.
The Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a short carbon-plated shoe with carbon-infused rods that run the remaining length of the shoe from mid-foot to toe. This not only gives propulsion, but the rigid curved sole greatly benefits by reducing how much extension is needed at the big toe.
It has thick cushioning to reduce impact through the foot on landing and a low heel-to-toe drop of 10mm.Buy Adios Pro 3
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.