The hypermobile first ray has been implicated as contributing to the cause and progression of hallux valgus deformity. Deformity of the hallux is often accompanied by an enlarged first intermetatarsal (IM 1-2) angle. It has been hypothesized that subjects having an abnormally large IM 1-2 angle have laxity of the first ray. Objectives of this study were to compare dorsal mobility of the first ray in subjects with hallux valgus to asymptomatic controls, and to investigate the relationship between dorsal mobility and the IM 1-2 angle. Fourteen subjects (age 23-81) with hallux valgus were matched by gender and age to control subjects. The IM 1-2 angle was measured from radiographs. A load-cell device measured dorsal mobility of the first ray under a standard load of 55 N. Pearson's correlation coefficient identified a marginal correlation (r = .51) between IM 1-2 angle and dorsal mobility. An independent t-test showed a statistically (P < 0.01) larger amount of dorsal mobility in the group of subjects having hallux valgus. Mobility of the first ray was increased in subjects with hallux valgus and a large IM 1-2 angle may be an indicator of increased dorsal mobility.