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Big Toe Pain

Hello, I have had regular discomfort and pain in my large toe for many years (approx 8-9 years) and in the early days i only really noticed it when i wore heals or bent my toe back whilst standing (i have not worn heals continuously for around 10 years). Over the last 4 months i have noticed that my toe is hurting even when sitting. It starts from the big toe and through the top of the foot (only in straight line from big toe) - i have no idea but i would say the tendon? Its only in the right toe. It is becoming stiffer and hurts when moved - a dull sort of pain rather than sharp one. There is no swelling.

Ordinarily, i would not question it but Mum has rheumatoid arthritis and it started in her feet, so just want to eliminate this. I do not have pain anywhere else. Of course, i will go to doctors but just wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks :)


Thank you for your question. Based off of your symptoms and description it sounds like you are experiencing what's called Hallux Limitus or arthritis of the big toe joint.

This is very common and is frequently seen in runners, women who wear heels and dancers - but of course can happen to everyone. It does not sound like rheumatoid arthritis as this typically presents as an inflammatory condition and in multiple joints. I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can take X-rays and better evaluate your foot. There are different options for arthritis in the great toe joint including orthotics, injections, stretches / exercises and surgery.

Your Podiatrist would be able to discuss what would be the most appropriate in your case.

Good luck!

Dr. Emily Splichal
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