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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!
Gout is an inflammation of the joints that frequently strikes the big toe joint, and for anyone who has ever suffered from gout, you know that even the pressure of a bed sheet gliding gently over your big toe can be extremely painful. Gout flares can come and go and are usually precipitated by just a momentary change in diet that tips the blood uric acid levels into the danger zone, and the excess acid crystallizes in your joints causing severe pain and swelling.
Some of the risk factors for excess uric acid building up in your blood include:
● Alcoholic beverages, particularly those that are grain-based like beer and whiskey
● High fat and high purine foods such as red meats, deli meat, shrimp, and lobster
● Excess stress
● Certain medications that may contribute to acid build-up
Sometimes several hours before a gout attack occurs, you will feel an itchy, burning or tingling sensation in the area. Other attacks have no warning and happen in the middle of the night after a heavy meal or heavy drinking. Sometimes you won’t know what the cause is.
How to treat a gout flare-up
Minimizing the length of the outbreak and dealing with the pain can be accomplished with the following tips:
● Take off your shoes - Your shoes and socks should be immediately removed to eliminate additional pain from rubbing.
● Rest the foot - Limit your activity, and try not to walk around during a flare-up. Lie down and elevate the joint on a pillow.
● Ice and ibuprofen - Apply ice for 20 minutes, several times a day, and take ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling.
● Avoid alcoholic beverages - Continuing to consume alcohol during a gout attack will only serve to lengthen the time it takes to recover. Drink plenty of healthy fluids.
● Don’t consume high purine foods - Purines in food have been linked to excess uric acid production, so avoid consuming them.
● It will end! - A flare-up of gout will usually subside in a few days so if your big toe pain persists, you may have a condition called hallux rigidus, or a stiff big toe that requires different treatment from your podiatrist.
If you are experiencing pain in your big toe that won’t go away, schedule an appointment at the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!