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Toe Pain Can Affect Everyday Activities

The majority of people are unaware of the role the big toe plays in walking. Research has shown it absorbs approximately half the weight of the body while taking every step. Toe pain can happen from an injury, and may cause difficulty in sleeping. Additionally, there may be medical conditions that can lead to big toe pain. These can include arthritis, possibly causing the toe to become stiff. Aching may accompany arthritis, and it can be difficult to move. Pain in the big toe joint may indicate a bone spur has developed, and it may prevent the toe from bending while walking. Surgery may be necessary to remove a bone spur, and this can help to restore relief. Patients who have sprained the main joint in the big toe by jamming into a heavy object may experience turf toe. Rest and elevation may provide mild relief to this type of injury. If you have toe pain for any reason, a podiatrist is the doctor to consult with who can effectively diagnose and treat this type of pain.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Troy Wilde, DPM of Practice. 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


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.


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 our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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