intermittent unilateral pain at base of big toe


I’m a 35 yo working mom, on my feet often for work. I admit to not selecting footwear based on comfort. I wear flats or heels, without socks. For the past month or so I’ve noticed occasional soreness at the metatarsophalangeal joint (?) at the base of my big toe on my right foot only. It comes and goes, but is a nagging mild pain that worries me, because I don’t want it to get worse. I know I should wear better shoes, but could you suggest a particular diagnosis? Clicking on the area of pain in my foot suggests bunions, but that doesn’t seem to be my case. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks. Also: what are some good recommendations for business-dress shoes?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Based off of your symptoms it sounds like you may be experiencing either sesamoiditis, capsulitis or early signs of hallux limitus. All of these conditions can be prevented by modifying shoegear, or by using orthotics. As far as the best business dress shoes, I often recommend to my patients Aetrex shoes. Aetrex offers a wide variety of styles and all have mosaic-technology inserts that all you to offload different areas of the foot. If your pain persists after modifying footwear, I recommend seeing a Podiatrist. Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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