I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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Toe problems can be highly inconvenient and painful. There are 26 bones in the foot and 19 of them are toe bones, called phalanges. Injuries to the toe bones are very common and range in severity. A problem or an injury can result from acute trauma, such as stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it, and from wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose. Being involved in sports and having a disease such as arthritis can also make a person vulnerable to this type of foot problem.

Dr. Philip Pinsker is an expert in the field, treating all conditions relating to the foot and ankle. However your toe pain or condition may have come about, our office has the state-of-the-art treatment to rid you of pain and bring your feet back to health. As with many foot conditions, a toe problem that is not treated in a timely manner or appropriately could become a serious complication or result in chronic discomfort. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 for diagnosis and treatment.

Common Reasons for Toe Pain


This common bone deformity develops when the big toe joint moves out of place. A bony enlargement forms on the outside of the foot, and as you wear shoes the bump and the big toe can become irritated, swollen and painful. A bunion can get larger over time making it difficult to walk, and arthritis or bursitis can set in. It is a wise to have treatment started as soon as you notice this condition developing.

Claw Toe

A claw toe bends upward from the joint at the ball of the foot and downward at the middle joint. Toes look like curved claws and being in this position can lead to painful calluses as they rub inside the tops of your shoes. Early treatment is key in avoiding permanent deformity.

Hallux Limitus

This toe problem is often referred to as a stiff big toe joint. There is a long bone behind the big toe joint called the first metatarsal that can get out of alignment.  This is usually due to an abnormal foot structure, but hallux limitus can develop after acute or repetitive trauma to the toe. Pain and decreased motion in the toe joint are common symptoms.

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux limitus can worsen and become arthritic over time. When this happens, the toe joint becomes rigid and unmovable. A bone spur can develop on top of the bone and result in pain and swelling.


A hammertoe is a very common deformity and is characterized by an abnormal bending at the middle joint of the toe. This condition affects the second, third and fourth toes and usually results from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or from a muscle imbalance in your foot. Call our office when you first notice this deformity beginning. Dr. Pinsker can diagnose the cause and start treatment before they become rigid and painful.

Overlapping/Underlapping Toes

It is common for toes to lie on top or underneath adjacent toes. The fifth toe is the most common toe to overlap and the fourth and fifth toes are the typical ones to turn underneath other toes.  This type of toe problem can develop in the womb or from a muscle imbalance in the foot. Stretching and taping can be effective forms of treatment but surgery is often necessary if the deformity is rigid in nature.

Turf Toe

Turf toe causes pain because it is actually a sprain of the main joint in the big toe. Common in sports played on artificial turf, this injury happens when the toe is forcibly hyperextended. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising. The entire joint at the base of the toe can also become completely dislocated. Dr. Pinsker will provide a course of treatment based on the severity of your injury.

Other common conditions include:

Manage Toe Problems With Quick Treatment

Some toe problems can be managed at home, but any time pain persists or you are aware of a significant injury, it is important for the future health of your foot that you promptly seek treatment. If you are experiencing any of the conditions or injuries mentioned above or have nagging toe pain, please contact our office in Washington, PA. You can make an appointment with Dr. Pinsker by calling us at (724) 225-7410 or by requesting one directly from our homepage.