big toe pain

I had an x-ray done on my feet in may for big toe pain on the bottom of the big toe joint and it showed I had bunions and subchondral sclerosis on both feet on the big toe joint. I also have flat feet. i was given a prescription for meloxicam 7.5 mg and a prescription for custom orthotics. i have had those orthotics for 3 weeks and they do help and so does the pills but i still feel pain. my prescription for Mobic has ran out so the pain has increased. my podiatrist has ordered an mri which i will get in 2 weeks. i was wondering what sort of finding on the mri might there be? im 18 years old, and run regularly.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question.

    Is your pain only at the level of the great toe joint? Sounds like you have degenerative joint disease at the great toe joint. This is a progressive condition that can be controlled or slowed down with orthotics but it cannot reverse it.

    The meloxicam can temporarily relieve the inflammation and pain but once you stop taking the medication – the stress of walking will increase your inflammation. To be honest I do not know why the doctor would order an MRI. I would inquire what he/she is trying to rule out by the MRI.

    Have you considered a steroid injection to the joint? Eventually you may have to have surgery to correct the bunion and better align the joint.

    Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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