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Toe Pain: Why Does My Toe Hurt?
Pain is never normal! There are many reasons why you might have toe pain and it is important to identify the cause so you can get on the path to fixing it or at least controlling the problem. Here are some of the most common causes and potential treatments for toe pain.
Your toe pain can be from arthritis. The most common area of arthritis in the foot is at the big toe joint. This is called Hallux limitus/rigidus. Arthritis or wear and tear of the cartilage causes inflammation of the joint causing swelling, redness, warmth, and pain. The big toe is necessary to push off every step you take, so if this joint begins to stiffen, toe pain can make walking a challenge.
Your toe pain can be caused by gout. Gout is a form of arthritis that is known to cause severe toe pain. The pain and swelling is often so sever that you can’t put a shoe or even a sock on! With gout, excess uric acid crystals gather around the joints at the big toe. Gout is a disease known to exist in men much more than in women.
Your toe pain may be caused by a toe deformity. Conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, claw toes and mallet toes cause the toes to curl or bend in abnormal positions putting abnormal stress on the joints and causing pain. They also can cause rubbing in your shoes that leads to corns and blisters on your toes. Different toe joints may be affected by these conditions and the toe pain can be debilitating making shoes difficult to wear.
Your toe pain may be from a toenail problem, like and ingrown toenail or fungus. Ingrown toenail occur when the toenail grows into the skin of the toe and most often occurs in the big toe. Ingrown toenails are caused by: inherited toenail deformities, improper nail cutting, improperly fitting shoes, curved toenails or trauma to the toe. Part of the toe pain is often caused by infection in the toe due to this condition. Fungal infections known as onychomycosis can also cause toenail pain. The fungus lifts the toenail and causes an ingrown toenail.
Your toe pain may be caused by a pinched nerve or compression of the metatarsal heads. Metatarsalgia or an intermetatarsal neuroma are conditions that can cause toe pain, usually in the form of numbness and tingling. It occurs when the nerves in the feet at the level of the metatarsal heads get irritated or compressed. Toe pain from metatarsalgia and/or a neuroma usually also has ball of the foot pain associated with it.
How can I make my toe pain go away? After you have narrowed the cause of toe pain, it’s time to try and fix it!
Quick fixes include wider and deeper toe box shoes, anti-inflammatories, ice, skin lubricants and rest. Long-term fixes may include functional foot orthotics, padding, and even surgery.
Bottom line: Toe pain is not normal and if it last for more than a few days or is severe, contact us for an appointment so we can evaluate and treat the cause of your toe pain.
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
Foot pain related to congenital and acquired foot and ankle deformities is extremely prevalent in our society. Pain can be from flat feet or a high arched foot and associated gait problems; or be from a progressive deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe. Our doctors are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the underlying deformity to help you function at your best. We want to prevent your problems from getting worse, no matter what you inherited from your family! God may have had a sense of humor when he created your feet, but we will work with you to optimize your biomechanical function and aesthetics! No one should suffer from ugly, painful feet!
Neurological foot and ankle issues can be a burning or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or just a "pins and needles" sensation. Nerve can be affected by compression at the spine level, knee level, ankle level or in your foot. Neuropathy can be a subtle nerve degeneration from aging, diabetes, and a myriad of other causes. Do not assume your nerve issues will go away or that nothing can be done. A proper diagnosis can lead to alleviation of your nerve troubles.
Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.