It’s no joke when your big toe joint is affected by problems in other areas of your foot. You may start to experience swelling, bruising, redness or discoloration, nail pain, stiffness and/or difficulty wearing shoes.
If these symptoms sound familiar, make an appointment with your Houston podiatrist, then read on to discover the 6 common conditions that may be causing your big toe pain:
Gout. The first place gout often manifests is in your big toe joint. The condition develops when your body has high levels of uric acid that cause urate crystals to form in the blood, settling in the toe joint.
The symptoms of gout include intense pain, inflammation, redness, and tenderness.
Bunions. Though some bunions form over the baby toe, most bunions appear as large bumps over the big toe joint. The big toe begins to move inwards towards the other toes, making your feet look wider.
Arthritis. The base of the big toe is the most common place to get foot arthritis. Inflammation, stiffness, and pain experienced when pushing off the ground are common symptoms.
Ingrown toenail. Common symptoms are swelling, pain, and redness.
Turf toe. A sports-related foot injury, symptoms include pain on the bottom of the big toe, inflammation and tenderness. It’s caused by strain, often the result of hyperextension (when the big toe bends too far back, causing damage to the ligament) like you’d see if your toe hit articficial turf.
Sesamoiditis. Underneath the big toe are two smaller bones that help the big toe move. When these bones become inflamed by activities that require balancing on your toes (high-heels can do this) you experience toe pain.