Foot swelling

Hi Dr. Splichal, I have a question about swelling and pain at the base of the big toe (on top side), it seems worse when the weather is bad and this past July when I was flying, the pain was unbearable, unless I took my shoes off, they were fine when I was on the ground walking through the airport. I do have bunions (self diagnosed) on both feet, which I have been told is hereditary, my Mom has them as well. Is this something more serious then bunions possibly? I have read about what they have to do the take them off and not sure I am up for that! Thank you!

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  1. Foot.com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like you are experiencing arthritis in the great toe joint. Arthritis is often coupled with bunions. I recommend doing what you can to keep you great toe joint flexible to offset the progression of arthritis. This would include use of Buion Bootie (www.bunionbootie.com), rolling the foot on a golf ball or RAD Roller (www.radroller.com) and possible use of orthotics such as Lynco by Aetrex (www.aetrex.com). I hope this helps!

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