Right big toe hurt

(Question asked by Diana Birdwell)

About 4 or so months ago I stubbed my right big toe into something, it hurt like heck for a bit,there was only pain and maybe some slight red or pinkish color to it. And then 6-8 weeks later I stubbed it again. This was about 4 months ago when the initial took place. Every once in a while it gets stiff and I can barely walk on my foot, my toe being so stiff or achy or painful.

To this day I have noticed that there is a slight redness about an inch or half an inch below my toe nail, and it streaks down a little ways. Its a faint discoloration. I think I had this toe checked out and xrayed and was told that it was just a sprain. Why am I seeing the redness on my big toe? It has been months since the injuries.

Is it possible there is something else going on with it. I don’t think there is, its not bothering me, it s once in a while it gets stiff or painful to walk on. Was the sprain diagnosis accurate? I had jammed into something pretty good. Can arthritis in my big toe, when it flares up, show up on an X-ray?

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    You definitely can develop arthritis in the toe joint after jamming it or spraining the digit. This would be referred to as traumatic arthritis. This may or may not show up on X-ray.

    If you feel the pain persists occasionally, you may want to consider a steroid injection to knock out any residual inflammation, or consider topical anti-inflammatories such as Voltaren gel.

    The redness may be inflammation from the joint or it may be inflammation of the toe rubbing against the shoe. If it is the latter then you may want to consider open toed shoes or a shoe with a higher toe box when the joint gets inflamed.

    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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