Big toe pain, what could be the problem

big toe pain Mar 05, 2021

Our big toes take 50% of our body weight when we walk and help us to balance. Big Toes are often ignored unless there is pain or a problem. Most toe pain are a result of injury or minor underlying medical conditions. Most toe pain conditions can be treated. Please find some information below on why you may be getting toe pain.



Bunions can become very painful over time if left untreated. Bunions are bony bumps that form on the side of the big toe joint.

If you notice that

  • your feet are changing shape
  • there is a prominent bump at the side and base of the big toe
  • the toe is pointing towards your other toes
  • hard or swollen area that is red

Sometimes you may also get pain along the side of the joint or toe. These are clear signs that you have developed a bunion. Bunions do not go away on there own but there are certain things you can do to ease the pain. Wear wide shoes with an adjustable strap or lace, and a small heel.  Apply ice to the bunion for 5...

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Treating Foot Pain With Orthotics

Foot pain is tricky to treat without a Podiatrist!! Yes you read that right... 

You see, podiatrists have studied the foot...for three years... at university..

We know what will get you better and what will not. The many small structures of the foot are delicate ...surprisingly as great load and stress is put through them at each and every step. 

Many people haven't heard of orthotics...arch supports or insoles...but as podiatrists and specialists of the foot and ankle we use these every day in our work to get people better. 

We know better than most others how foot pain can stop you enjoying your favourite activities. Whether its walking, running or tennis.. a foot pain will stop you enjoying .. 

What is an orthotic?

An orthotic device is an arch support or inner sole that fits into your shoe to help to heal your foot pain. 

There are two main types.. custom made devices prescribed by the podiatrist and made in a laboratory... and over the counter (OTC)...

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