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Best Saucony Shoes for Hallux Rigidus

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Posted 3 months ago


by James McCormack

Hallux Rigidus is a condition of the foot affecting the big toe. It is a stiffening of the joint due to wear and tear of the joint surfaces. Often, the stiffness is accompanied by pain and swelling, but not always. The stiffness can prevent the big toe from fully flexing and extending, which can be problematic as we need extension to walk and a greater degree to run. The correct choice of footwear can make this painful condition much less severe and can help with the biomechanics of walking and running. 

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Best Saucony Shoes for Hallux Rigidus

The best Saucony shoes for Hallux Rigidis will have good cushioning, a stiff sole to avoid the big toe extending past its comfortable range, and a rocker bottom to help roll the foot through the stride. Some shoes that offer structured stability to avoid overpronation can also be helpful if this is relevant to the individual. Through our extensive experience of treating patients with Hallux Rigidus, we recommend the best Saucony shoes for Hallux Ridgidus are the Saucony Endorphin Shift 3 for severe Hallux Rigidus and the Saucony Kinvara 14 for milder symptoms. 

Best Saucony Shoe for Moderate to Severe Hallux Rigidus

We recommend the Saucony Endorphin Shift 3 as the best for severe Hallux Rigidus.

The Saucony Endorphin Shift 3 has plush PWRRUN cushioning to reduce impact forces. The SPEEDROLL technology and torsional heel groove help to propel you forward with a smooth heel-to-toe roll.

The heel-to-toe drop is low at only 4mm ensuring there is less pressure over the forefoot and big toe.

This is also one of Saucony’s shoes that is approved by The American Podiatric Medical Association for its benefits to foot health.

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Best Saucony Shoe for Mild to Moderate Hallux Rigidus

We recommend the Saucony Kinvara 14 for mild to moderate Hallux Rigidus.

The Saucony Kinvara 14 is a moderately cushioned shoe with the light and responsive Saucony PWRRUN foam. This helps to reduce the impact of landing and propel the foot smoothly from heel-to-toe.

It has a low drop from heel-to-toe of 4mm ensuring less pressure over the forefoot and big toe joint.

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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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