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Various Reasons Why Toe Pain May Occur

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Pain in the big toe can be the result of a foot injury, an existing physical condition, or it may indicate there are underlying medical issues. This type of toe pain can accompany arthritis, gout, and specific types of fractures. Pain from arthritis can consist of difficulty in moving the big toe, and there may be swelling near the joint in the big toe. Relief may come from changing the shoes that are worn, and in severe cases, surgery may be a necessary option. People who develop ingrown toenails often have pain in their big toe. It happens when the nail grows into the skin, instead of over it. This ailment can cause extreme pain and discomfort, and surgery is often necessary for permanent relief. The foot condition that is referred to as gout typically affects the big toe. It happens as a result of a buildup of uric acid in the blood, and can form crystals that lodge in the joints of the big toe. The pain can be debilitating, and in severe cases, many patients are unable to walk or stand. Toe pain can be difficult to live with, and if you have this type of pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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