Big toe pain
Does this sound like you – “My big toe is constantly aching. Sometimes it almost locks up & I can’t bend it. And I can’t wear my high heel shoes anymore”. Big toe pain is extremely common but often gets neglected & can require surgery if left untreated.
The top 3 causes of big toe pain are:
1. bunions – the big toe leans towards the 2nd toe & creates a prominence or “bump” on the side of the big toe causing shoe pressure & pain.
2. arthritis – is often associated with having bunions but can also occur due to pressure applied to the joint.
3. gout – the joint will generally be swollen, red & warm to touch.
Can you treat big toe pain yourself? The simplest option for big toe joint pain is to wear shoes that are adequate in length & width so they don’t press on the toe. But this really is not addressing the underlying causes.
Seeing one of our Podiatrist’s will allow to learn the cause of the pain & then the options to treat the pain & get you back to exercising. The big toe joint is fundamental to being able to walk & when there is a problem with this joint, it can lead to problems developing in other areas such as the ankle, knee, hip & even lower back. A simple way to understand this is consider the foot as being the foundation of the body – when the foot is not functioning properly such as when you have big toe joint pain, it affects the rest of the body. So it’s important not to neglect big toe joint pain – it’s a small joint, but has big effects on the rest of the body.
If you are experiencing big toe pain, call our clinic or make an appointment today by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button.
Diagnosing big toe pain can be complex & so it is important to have your toe properly assessed & diagnosed. Our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic are trained to assess, diagnose & treat big toe pain. Treatment commonly used can include footwear advice, muscle/tissue stretching & strengthening, use of acupuncture, dry needling, low level & cold laser therapy, activity modification & orthotics. Please call us if you would like to speak with us about your sore toe or book an appointment now by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button.