Severe pain in your big toe can be very debilitating especially because a properly functioning big toe is more necessary for just standing and walking than most people realize. Having pain in your big toe can be caused by a wide variety of diseases and injuries from gout to bunions, so be sure to make an appointment with your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
3 of the most common causes of big toe pain include the following:
- A gout attack—The pain from a gout attack is caused by uric acid, which crystalize out of the blood and into the peripheral joints of the hands and feet. These tiny crystals can cause severe pain so that even brushing your bed sheet over your toe can be excruciating. Blood uric acid levels can often be controlled with proper diet and medications.
- Poorly treated bunions— A bunion is very often a hereditary condition that can be exacerbated by wearing tight shoes like pointy cowboy boots or high heels. The condition will get progressively worse if untreated, and as the big toe moves further towards the smaller toes it can cause under and overlapping problems, blisters, and corns.
- Various arthritis conditions—Hallux rigidus is a painful and debilitating big toe condition that may be the result of arthritic damage. Getting your feet properly fitted with supportive and comfortable shoes and having your foot doctor prescribe custom orthotic inserts can help treat foot arthritis and many other foot and ankle conditions.
If you are experiencing big toe pain, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.