What Causes Pain in the Big Toe?
Toes can seem insignificant compared to other body parts – until they hurt. Then you can think of little else. Pain in the joint of your big toe can be serious and make it difficult to wear shoes, walk or exercise.
Your big toe, also called the “great toe” or “hallux,” is important. When you walk it is essential to your propulsion and helps your foot push-off from the ground. With every step it is the last of part of the foot to leave the ground, and when pain sets in, every step can be unbearable.
Why do I have pain in my big toe?
This is not always an easy answer as there is often an underlying reason for great toe pain. It is important to visit one our podiatric offices in Dallas or Plano, TX any time you have persistent pain that interferes with your activities. Foot specialists, Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt can thoroughly evaluate the reason for your pain and start a treatment plan immediately to relieve your pain.
Some of the common reasons for great toe joint pain include:
- Fracture from trauma or previous injury
- Structural deformity
- Vascular problem
- Limitation of motion
- Bone tumor
- Ingrown toenail
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Inflammation of surrounding tendons and ligaments
You should consider seeking treatment if you have pain in your big toe. Diagnosing and treating the underlying cause will reduce the chances of the pain progressing or needing surgical intervention. Make an appointment today by calling one of our convenient podiatric office locations: (972) 566-7474 in Dallas, TX or (972) 943-3323 in Plano, TX.
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