The Palmer Vs. Hallux Rigidus
Posted on Feb 18, 2021

Hallux rigidus is a painful condition that affects the big toe joint, causing swelling, stiffness, and issues with walking or physical activity. Hallux rigidus is sometimes called ‘hallux limitus,’ too.

This denotes the main problem.

Hallux rigidus results in reduced motion at the main joint of the big toe.

This also results in pain with the attempted lifting of the toe.

You may find that your shoes exacerbate this condition, making it even more difficult to complete daily responsibilities or enjoy physical activities.

Most shoes break in the sole at the position of the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joints. This is where hallux rigidus is.

Thus, the shoes are the most flexible and bend at the point where there is the most pain.

This makes it very difficult to walk without spinning the foot outward or putting all the weight on the outside of the foot.

That’s where our Palmer flip flop comes to the rescue.

Today, we’re looking at what causes this condition, what its symptoms are, and how can you find relief with our Palmer flip flop.


Hallux rigidus is a condition that affects the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, or the joint at the base of your big toe that bends as you walk.

Typically, men and women aged 30 to 60 are most affected.

This is caused by the development of a large spur on the top of this joint and smaller spurs in other positions around the joint.

It often presents similarly to a bunion. There is pain and deformity. This spur makes the joint stiff, painful, and difficult to bend.

Hallux rigidus can develop due to genetics or injury, and it can inhibit your ability to walk or exercise without moderate to severe pain.

This condition is easiest to treat in its early stages. It is important to contact your personal physician as soon as possible if you notice stiffness in your big toe joint.

Treatment ranges from physical therapy to injections to surgery. However, one of the mainstays of treatment is to adjust footwear.

This often means large, clunky, and expensive shoes with equally expensive orthotics.

Most physicians will recommend what is called a ‘morton’s extension.’

This is simply a stiff piece of material placed under the MTP joint of the great toe and incorporated into the custom insert.  

Most physicians will recommend what is called a ‘morton’s extension.’ This is simply a stiff piece of material placed under the MTP joint of the great toe and incorporated into the custom insert.  

There is an everyday potential solution available to you now that uses the principles of these treatments.

For active relief from hallux rigidus that keeps up with your lifestyle, choose our Palmer flip flop.


Our Palmer flip flop is designed to alleviate stress on the forefoot while delivering all the pain-relieving benefits you know and love from our original style of The Healing Sole.

By incorporating a neutral great toe position in our newest design, there is less pressure and tension placed at the metatarsophalangeal joint at the big toe.

This really helps those with conditions like hallux rigidus.

The metatarsal bar beneath the toe joints continues to provide the forefoot with necessary relief for the toes at the balls of the feet by offloading that painful area.

The rocker bottom shape of the forefoot also reduces stress placed on the MTP joints, which is especially important with hallux rigidus.  

This style is a fantastic option for those with conditions affecting the toes. This can include:

  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Bunions
  • Hammer Toes
  • Capsulitis
  • And Freiberg’s Disease

If you have one of these conditions or pain in your forefoot, our Palmer flip flop is for you!

In addition to the level position of the great toe, our firm rocker bottom sole helps to support and protect the foot while reducing excess bending of the big toe joint.

Our features are designed to work together to stretch the muscles of your feet with each step, relieving pain and tension throughout the foot and lower legs.


One of our most frequently asked questions is which style to choose – our Palmer flip flop or our original flip flop. Here is a short comparison:

  • Both styles relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, and more.
  • The original flip flop is designed to provide a deeper stretch to the foot with the mild engagement of the windlass mechanism, but this may irritate the toes and balls of the feet for those with problems of that region.

  • Our Palmer flip flop, with a neutral great toe position, offers a universally accessible design to all foot types, conditions, and needs.

Find more details regarding our two popular styles in our comparison blog, linked above.


Are you ready to find relief for your foot pain? Our Palmer is ready to help deliver success and long-lasting results.

We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so that you can have the time needed to break in our footwear.

Start with just 1 to 2 hours of wear in the morning, and then switch into another pair of supportive shoes.

When you get home in the evening, wear them again for another few hours before bed.

As our footwear breaks in, you can increase your wear time and even wear them all day!

For full details of how to best follow our 7-14 day break-in period, follow our tips here.

Order our surgeon-designed footwear today to relieve pain, stress, and tension while promoting the overall health of your feet.

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