Not bunion, but pain at base of big toe

I have pain of 6 or more months duration at the first MTPJ (joint at base of big toe). I don’t think it’s a bunion because I don’t seem to have any of the symptoms described on this site. The only symptom is pain where the “bump” naturally occurs, but it doesn’t look enlarged, no inward or outward turn, no swelling or redness, etc. just pain along the outside and a little directly under. Sometimes I feel a tingling as well along the side of the joint. If anyone knows what this could be or how it is caused, replies would be appreciated! Thank you!

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello Dr. Splichal,
    Thank you so very much for addressing my question. I sincerely appreciate your help and will take your advice to see a podiatrist. It does sound like bursitis, as you suggested. Thank you for taking the time to answer!

  2. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Not all pain at or around the 1st MPJ is a bunion. You may be experiencing a bursitis, capsulitis or arthritic changes of the joint. Bursitis is classically pain on the side of the joint where a capsulitis and arthritis would be more pain on top of the joint.

    All can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory, steroid injections and sometimes orthotics. If your pain is unrelenting then I would suggest seeing a Podiatrist who can better examining you.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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