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Causes and Symptoms of Toe Arthritis

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Toe arthritis is a common condition that affects quality of life and can be recognized by a number of symptoms. One of the main symptoms of toe arthritis is stiffness, resulting from cartilage wear and inflammation that makes joint movement challenging. Swelling, particularly in the toes, can impede the simple act of putting on shoes and walking. Pain is one of the most prevalent symptoms of toe arthritis, ranging from a persistent ache to sharp, stabbing sensations affecting all or specific toes. Changes in appearance, such as toe enlargement or rotation due to cartilage wear and bone grinding, may occur. Clicking and popping sounds often accompany a decrease in cartilage, leading to audible bone friction. A locked joint, temporarily preventing toe bending, can result from severe swelling and stiffness. Heat and tenderness in the toes may indicate increased blood flow caused by inflammation. Recognizing the symptoms of toe arthritis is important for early detection and effective podiatric intervention. This also can lead to better foot health and overall well-being. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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