Pain in My Big Toe While Running

Hello Doctor. I consider myself fairly healthy and am very active. I run about 5 miles a day and have started having pain in my big toe for the past several weeks. I was told by a friend who has the same pain that it could be arthritis.

I don’t have a family history of arthritis and am not that old (32 yr). Could it really be arthritis? Should I get tested for arthritis in other joints? What should I do to reduce this pain if it is arthritis?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Arthritis in the great toe joint is very common and is often related to overuse and not necessarily age. Arthritis or degeneration of the big toe joint is common among runners, dancers, athletes and women who wear heels. To determine if this is in fact the cause of your pain you would want to see a Podiatrist and have an Xray.

    Depending on the Xray findings a steroid injection, orthotics, physical therapy or surgery may be suggested. In my office I find foot biomechanics as one of the biggest contributors to great toe arthritis, so it may be worth seeing a Podiatrist who can do a full biomechanical evaluation.

    Also since this is joint/biomechanics specific I would not start worrying about other joint arthritis – especially until you have your foot evaluated.

    I hope this helps!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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