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By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
May 02, 2016
Tags: arthritis   Bunions   turf toe   hallux limitus  

With 19 bones and 9 joints in your toes, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Toe pain can be extremely debilitating, affecting your ability to walk and comfortably wear shoes. It’s a common reason patients come into Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. Below are some causes of toe pain:

Bunions—this deformity of the big toe occurs when the joint gets displaced and the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe. As the condition progresses, a bony bump will form on the outside of the base of the big toe which will become irritated as it rubs against your shoes.

Arthritis—is an inflammation of the joints and can affect any of your toes. There are two kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, which is the “wear and tear” type that occurs as we age and rheumatoid arthritis which is chronic inflammatory disease that affects your joints and other parts of the body as well.

Turf Toe—is actually a sprain of the big toe that can occur when you severely stub your toe or it can come on gradually over time with repetitive, pushing off motion. It is common in football players and others who play on artificial turf where the toe is more likely to stick and be repeatedly hyperextended. Swelling usually accompanies the pain with turf toe.

Hallux Limitus—if your big toe feels stiff and you have a limited range of motion you may have hallux limitus. This condition can occur if the first metatarsal (the long bone behind the joint of the big toe) gets out of alignment or there is a sudden or repeated trauma to the toe.

Fracture—toes can be broken by a trauma such as dropping a heavy object on your foot or they can develop a stress fracture—a tiny crack in the surface of the bone due to repetitive stress or pressure.

Most toe conditions require the attention of the foot doctor. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker has experience dealing with all types of injuries and medical disorders involving the toes and will be able to properly diagnose and prescribe treatment for whatever is causing you toe pain. Many conditions are progressive as well and will only get worse over time so if you have a toe that is bothering you, make an appointment at our Washington office and get it checked out as soon as possible.

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