Do You Have A Painful Big Toe?

Pain in the big toe joint can be many things, but frequently it is a deterioration of the cartilage in the joint that leads to arthritis in the joint.

Signs of arthritis are pain and stiffness in the joint, especially in the morning, crepitus or grinding sensation in the joint, swelling and a decreased range of motion. Sometimes the pain improves when the joint is used after the morning stiffness goes away and other people have pain all the time.

When the big toe loses some of its mobility it is called a limitus, when the big toe won't move at all it is called a rigidus joint.

Treatment options for arthritis can range from a change in shoes, inserts, medication by mouth, medication via injection, physical therapy, rest, icing and surgery.

Surgery can be just a cleanup of the joint which means removing bony blocks or spurs to increase motion or may require a joint replacement procedure. Joint replacement is similar to larger joint procedures. Diseased cartilage and bone is removed and the ends of the bones resurfaced. The end result is a joint that has restored mobility and significantly reduced pain. Normal walking is resumed relatively quickly as early mobility is stressed.

This procedure can also be performed on the lessor toes as well.

Painful big toe?

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