Toe Joint Pain

Toe Joint PainA common change to a big toe joint is the condition Hallux Limitus. The abnomal compensations or foot postures that occur during walking can cause the big toe joint to jam up. Rather than moving like a hinge the big toe joint can become restricted by the way the foot is acting against the ground. This can slowly cause changes to the joint shape of the bones in the big toe joint, which results in a limitation in movement available at the joint. This is called a Hallux Limitus.

Hallux Limitus can be painful, and is often exacerbated by heeled shoes or activities requiring the bending of the big toe such as walking, bowling or golf. Hallux Limitus can also be caused following a trauma to the big toe or arthritis. Longer term a Hallux Limitus can progress to a Hallux Rigidus – whereby all the flexion is lost from the big toe joint and the joint becomes immobile.

X-ray - Big ToePodiatrists are experts in treating this condition by ensuring the position and postures of the foot are corrected to ensure correct functioning of the big toe joint. This can be done through orthoses (special insoles) after assessing the foot and lower limb biomechanics. Footwear advice can be given and if necessary onward referral to our in-house podiatric surgeon for possible injection therapy into the joint or surgical management can be arranged.

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