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Why Does My Big Toe Hurt?

Having a painful problem with your big toe can be very debilitating since your big toe is instrumental in helping you to stand and walk. Pain in the big toe can be caused by a variety of causes including disease and injury.

3 main causes of big toe pain include:

  • Gout—This is a painful condition that often affects the big toe. The pain is caused by uric acid crystals which form in the joints and feel like little daggers all over your big toe. Poor diet is often the cause of the increase in uric acid in the circulatory system. Keeping to a healthy diet and weight and decreasing alcohol intake will help avoid the build-up of uric acid.
  • BunionsA bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of your big toe. It is a hereditary condition that can be exacerbated by wearing tight shoes like high heels. As the big toe moves further towards the other toes it can push them over or under each other and cause problems with blistering and corns.
  • Arthritis—A painful big toe condition known as hallux rigidus may be the result of arthritic damage. Properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts can help treat foot arthritis and foot and toe deformities like bunions.

If you are experiencing pain in your big toes, see your foot care professional for the proper care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.

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