Big toe joint pain does not sound very serious unless of course you are suffering from it, than the seriousness of the situation becomes very real. Millions of people world wide suffer from big toe joint pain. This type of pain can be debilitating.
Typically the effected area of the toe is where the toe meets the foot. There are several different causes of this type of pain with the majority stemming from some type of trauma or simply from the cartilage being worn away.
Big toe joint pain can occur when either through trauma or simply from use your cartilage that covers the joint is worn down, this causes the bones to rub against each other when you walk. This is a very common cause of this type of pain.
Hallux Rigidus is the proper name when your cartilage becomes too thin to protect your joints. It occurs in millions of people as they enter their fifties. This condition makes it difficult to walk without pain.
Gout can also cause pain in the big toe. Gout is a disease that causes pain in the legs and the big toe there is no clear connection between the gout and the pain but it is linked. Gout is the result of too much Uric acid in the urine.
Gout can be treated and the resulting toe pain will disappear.
If the pain last longer than 7 days you should seek medical intervention. Since there are likely only one of three causes; injury, gout or Hallux Rigidus each of which is curable you should seek medical care so you can find some relief.
Your medical doctor can help you to get the care that you need and find relief. Trying to manage this pain on your own can be really difficult. You do not have to suffer you can find relief!
Regardless what causes the symptoms are all similar. There is pain when walking, there may be some obvious swelling at the base of the big toe and you may even notice some hard growths in the area as well.
Walking will be painful in some cases even laying in bed with a sheet on your toe can cause you pain usually the pain starts out bearable. You can still manage to walk on the side of your foot without putting pressure on the big toe but eventually that does not work either.
There are treatment options that will help.
First off you should visit with your doctor to see what is causing the pain. In some cases your doctor will refer you to a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in foot health. The podiatrist will x-ray your foot and make a diagnosis.
You and your doctor can work together to come up with a treatment plan that will fit in your lifestyle.
Once the diagnosis is in place there are a host of treatment options. Some things that the podiatrist may recommend include:
- arch support inserts
- anti inflammatory medication
- ice and heat therapy can also help
Your podiatrist may recommend that you be fitted for arch inserts. The inserts help by aligning the foot and making it easier and less painful to walk. Arch supports will relieve the pain but will not cure the problem.
Anti inflammatory medication will likely be prescribed and will relieve the swelling which is largely responsible for the pain but again alone it is not likely to cure your problem.
Ice and heat therapy may also be recommended this typically it is a rotation of applying ice than warm compresses. This will help to relieve pain and swelling it is a very common treatment for sports type injuries.
Depending on what the cause is, surgery may be recommended. The surgery will likely cure the problem.
If its gout; you will be given other medications. A podiatrist will not treat the gout although they can help with the toe pain. Your medical doctor will help you to get your gout under control likely through a diet.