Pain in the big toe is a common occurrence for many people. We see quite a few people at our clinic that have increased pain with activities and ambulating. There are many reasons for people to have big toe pain including arthritis or deformities like bunions or hammertoes. The most common condition is arthritis. This often presents as pain with swelling and limited range of motion. Arthritis is easily diagnosed with an x-ray that will demonstrate joint space narrowing.
Many people have a history of trauma that they can recall like a turf type injury or stubbing with an activity. Arthritis of the big toe is important to get addressed as it can be progressive and eventually limit activities people can participate in. There are many great treatment options for conservative care as well as surgical care of the big toe joint. The majority of these are highly successful in both reduction of pain in the limited evening the development or slowing the development of arthritis. If you have pain in your big toe region schedule an appointment with Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists or give us a call at 425-391-8666.