There are many conditions and diseases that can cause pain in the big toe. Structural deformities like bunions are a major source of big toe pain. Big toe pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, and since the conditions that cause it can be similar, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some other conditions that can cause pain in the big toe to include:
- Gout—When the uric acid in your blood builds up past a certain level it will crystallize into the extremities, often painfully affecting joints in the feet and hands with the large joint of the big toe frequently being affected. Gout is linked to a poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption.
- Turf toe—This athletic injury is a sprain of the big toe that often happens on artificial turf, but the injury can happen playing on any surface. The force of jamming your toes into the ground or from pushing off too abruptly can cause the ligaments around the toe to become inflamed and painful.
- Stiff big toe (hallux rigidus)—Hallux is the Latin term for the big toe, and rigidus designates the complete rigidity of the big toe that is often noticed as this condition progresses. Stiff big toe can often be treated by wearing properly fitted shoes and with the correct orthotic inserts to help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
If you are experiencing big toe pain, seeing your podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!