Ouch My Big Toe Joint Hurts!

Often the phone will ring at our office and a patient will be complaining of a bump near their big toe joint.  More often than not this is something called a bunion.  A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe that forms when your big toe pushes up against your other toes, forcing your big toe joint in the opposite direction.  It can often become painful over time and become red and swollen.  High heeled and/or pointy toed shoes can often aggravate the condition.  Some people can get a bunion on the outside of the foot near the 5th digit ("pinky toe") called a bunionette or tailor's bunion.  Some conservative measures can be done like wearing lower heeled shoes, a wider toe-box, and/or orthotics.  If these treatments don't work surgical correction may be an option. Call our office anytime for a consultation at (615)662-6676 if your foot is hurting.  Learn more in our latest newsletter by clicking here: