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Big Toe Joint Pain

Big Toe Joint Pain


Big toe joint pain is also known as Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus. This can be caused by a severe traumatic incident, underlying joint conditions such as Arthritis, or an underlying biomechanical problem. In some cases, the patient will have some mobility within the joint, but others may have no movement at all.


Excruciating pain within the toe can be experienced with movement, which is exacerbated by sporting activities such as Squash and Football. The affected toe will be raised, pointing upwards, resulting in difficulty wearing standard shoes. This can also result in corns, blisters and callus from rubbing against footwear. Back pain is also another common complaint.


Due to the feet being a complex part of your body, they can not be, and should not be, looked at in isolation. Your feet are placed at the bottom of the skeleton tree. Therefore, any problems within the the lower back, thigh muscles, knee joints, and lower limbs will contribute to your foot pain. Due to this, a condition cannot be solved simply by consultation, and a thorough hands-on assessment is required.

By carrying out a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Assessment, the Podiatrist will consider your foot condition, but also take into account symptoms being experienced further up the skeleton. The assessment will provide an accurate diagnosis, allowing the Podiatrist to prepare a suitable treatment plan, which may include recommended stretches, custom made orthotics, and footwear advice.

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