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Best Brooks Shoes for Hallux Rigidus

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Posted 3 months ago


by James McCormack

Hallux Rigidus is a condition affecting the big toe of the foot. Hallux Rigidus is a stiffening of the joint, reducing the range in which it can move into flexion and extension. Often this is accompanied by pain and sometimes swelling and redness. This can occur at any age but is more common as we age. It can also be known as Osteoarthritis of the big toe. As walking and running require a degree of movement of the big toe into extension, this can be problematic and irritate the stiff joint. Using the correct Brooks shoes that fit correctly and offload the big toe can make a big difference to your comfort with walking and running. 

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Best Brooks Shoes for Hallux Rigidus

The best Brooks shoes for Hallux Rigidus have generous cushioning, a relatively low heel-to-toe drop and a good fit around the toe box. A carbon plate is an extra benefit providing a rigid sole under the foot that restricts the range of extension necessary through the big toe. In our experience, we recommend the best Brooks shoes for Hallux rigidus are the Dyad 11 and Glycerin GTS 20 for Hallux Rigidus pain relief and the Hyperion Elite 3 for more severe symptoms. 

Best Brooks Shoe for Mild Hallux Rigidus

We recommend the Brooks Dyad 11 as the best shoe for mild Hallux Rigidus.

The Brooks Dyad 11 is a soft, well-cushioned shoe for walking and running.

It has a stable design for a neutral shoe to provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

It also has a generous width, which prevents excess pressure over the big toe.

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Best Brooks Shoe for Moderate Hallux Rigidus

We recommend the Brooks Glycerin GTS 20 as the best shoe for moderate Hallux Rigidus.

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 20 is a highly cushioned and soft shoe.

GTS stands for “Go To Support”. This shoe has smart support to help the transition from heel-to-toe to feel smooth. It also has a 10mm drop to keep excessive weight of the forefoot and big toe.

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Best Brooks Shoe for Severe Hallux Rigidus

We recommend the Brooks Hyperion Elite 3 as the best shoe for severe Hallux Rigidus.

The Brooks Hyperion Elite 3 shoe is designed with racing in mind and has a carbon plate. The benefit of this is a stiff sole and reduced extension through the big toe while getting nice springy, forward propulsion.

It is designed for longer distances, and therefore the cushioning reflects this with its comfortable, neutral support and low-drop midsole, keeping pressure off the big toe.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.

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