Big toe joint pain can be sign of wider problem

Written by Alex Franklin Stortford | Wednesday 16th October 2013

Big toe joint pain may be something that many people just disregard as a passing problem but new research has found that it could be a sign of a much wider issue.

Alan Berman, from Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, explains that big toe pain, especially in the elderly, could significantly hamper a person's quality of life. The medical professional, who specialises in podiatry and podiatric surgery, said that this issue can only be heightened should someone already be suffering with arthritis.

Many people may think that this condition only applies to larger joints such as knees and hips but the smaller bones in the foot can be susceptible to this problem. Dr Berman said that a problem in the big toe can become hugely uncomfortable and that people should consult a doctor and podiatrist if this issue arises in their day-to-day lives.

There are a number risk factors that can bring about an illness that can affect a person's foot with the likes of gout and arthritis fairly prominent. The former can be brought on through drinking alcohol such as beer and spirits, eating a diet rich in meat and seafood, having high blood pressure or being overweight.

Dr Berman explained that the symptoms for people experiencing problems in their big toe are relatively easy to spot. There is normally pain in the joint when a person is active, especially when pushing off as they walk, there will also be swelling around the affected area. People will find it difficult to bend their toe up and down and will cause them to be inclined to walk on the outside of their foot to avoid bending it.

“It’s truly remarkable how much misery can result from big toe joint pain. Many patients don’t like to complain and think they can outwait the problem, but seeking professional advice and treatment is the right approach. There’s simply no need to suffer in silence," Dr Berman said.

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