What Causes Pain in the Big Toe?

Sharp pain in the big toe can impact your walking and activity level. Our big toes help us balance ourselves and move comfortably. It also bears the bulk of the weight the toes carry. Various things can cause pain in big toe, and a proper diagnosis is important. Here are the three most common causes we see:

·         Gout – An inflammatory issue, it often attacks the big toe. It is believed to be caused by high uric acid in the body.

·         Sesamoiditis – If the pain is on the bottom of the toe, possibly spreading to the arches, it could be inflammation of the sesamoid bones.

·         Turf Toe – This is coming in athletes and is a soft tissue sprain. Overstretching the big toe causes the tissue to tear. Causing sharp pain.

Other causes of pain in the big toe include:

  • Ingrown toenails
  •  Bunions
  • Tennis toe
  •  Fractures
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Hammertoe

The treatment for these problems is going to vary. Proper diagnosis is critical to appropriate treatment and recovery. District Foot & Ankle can help with all your pain in the big toe. Give us a call today, and book your appointment. We can pinpoint your concern and get you on the road to recovery.