If it becomes more and more difficult to flex your big toe, you may have a condition known as hallux limitus. This condition affects the joint between the big toe and the foot, making the area inflexible and causing pain when you walk. As the condition progresses, it can lead to arthritis and bone spurs. Symptoms include a bony lump on the top of the big toe, numbness or tingling if the bone spurs press on a nerve, and a callus building up under the joint. These conditions may also affect your gait, as you try to compensate for the pain, and further affect the knee, hip or low back.
Hallux limitus can be caused by injury, arthritis, overuse and genetics. Home treatment options include wearing low-heeled shoes that fit properly and have a thick or rigid sole; wearing gel pads or other orthotics in your shoes; and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. But if the pain in your big toe continues, or worsens, it is a good idea to seek the professional opinion and diagnosis of a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists at Nagler Foot Center. Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.