Conditions and diseases that can cause pain in the big toe range from injuries like a toe fracture to structural anomalies like bunions, to systemic diseases like arthritis. Since the diagnosis and treatments can vary considerably, be sure to see your foot doctor to receive the proper care. 

Some of the conditions that can cause pain in the big toe include the following:

  • Hallux rigidus—”Stiff big toe” is an arthritic condition that can often be treated by wearing properly fitted shoes with properly placed orthotic inserts to shift pressure and relieve pain and discomfort.

  • Toe gout—Gout is an inflammatory joint condition that often affects the big toe. It is caused by the crystallization of excess uric acid in the blood. These sharp crystals can make the big toe so painful during an attack that just brushing a sheet over it causes intense pain.

  • Turf toe—This is a big toe injury that often happens when pushing off with your feet while playing sports on artificial turf. The lack of give in the turf causes this stubbing type of injury to happen more frequently but it can occur on any surface.

If you are experiencing big toe pain be sure to make an appointment with your foot doctor to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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