Are you suffering from big toe pain?

Big Toe Pain | Healthy Life Foot Clinic

Does this sound like you – “My big toe is constantly aching. Sometimes it almost locks up & I can’t bend it. And I can’t wear my high heel shoes anymore”. Big toe pain is extremely common but often gets neglected & can require surgery if left untreated.

The top 3 causes of big toe pain are:
1. bunions – the big toe leans towards the 2nd toe & creates a prominence or “bump” on the side of the big toe causing shoe pressure & pain.
2. arthritis – is often associated with having bunions but can also occur due to pressure applied to the joint.
3. gout – the joint will generally be swollen, red & warm to touch.

Can you treat big toe pain yourself? The simplest option for big toe joint pain is to wear shoes that are adequate in length & width so they don’t press on the toe. But this really is not addressing the underlying causes.

Seeing one of our Podiatrist’s will allow us to learn the cause of the pain & then the options to treat the pain & get you back to exercising. The big toe joint is fundamental to being able to walk & when there is a problem with this joint, it can lead to problems developing in other areas such as the ankle, knee, hip & even lower back. A simple way to understand this is consider the foot as being the foundation of the body – when the foot is not functioning properly such as when you have big toe joint pain, it affects the rest of the body. So it’s important not to neglect big toe joint pain – it’s a small joint, but has big effects on the rest of the body.

If you are experiencing big toe pain, call our clinic or make an appointment today by clicking on the “Make an Appointment” button.

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What to expect at your consultation

When you see one of our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic, you’ll not only feel welcomed but confident in their care.

We’ll initially take the time to learn about you and your problem and how it’s affected you and what it’s stopping you from doing. We will then take a thorough history and perform a detailed examination to determine what’s wrong and the cause of your problem.

Part of the examination will involve observation of your walking which may also include the use of video or Gaitscan (this measures the pressure applied under your feet). We may also refer you for further xrays or ultrasound if indicated.

Finally, we will give you a plan which will clearly detail what the problem is, why it’s there and what we will do to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary according to your problem but may include a combination of hands on therapy (foot mobilisation and dry needling), strapping, exercise, footwear advice, laser, orthotic therapy and general foot care.

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