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Active, 125lb, 32 year old female. Pain in the joint of the big toe, and top of the right foot. No specific injury or trauma.?

Active, 125lb, 32 year old female.  Pain in the joint of the big toe, and top of the right foot. No specific injury or trauma.?

Arthritic Changes?: You may have arthritic changes leading to hallux limitus. See your foot specialist for further investigation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the joint of my big toe feels as if it needs to pop can not sleep because the pain is so bad. Can not even touch it with out it getting worse I have not injured it at all.

I have a pain in the joint of my big toe feels as if it needs to pop can not sleep because the pain is so bad. Can not even touch it with out it getting worse I have not injured it at all.

Numerous causes: unril you get seen by a podiatrist, I would try 600mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day. X-rays and possibly blood tests could be needed to diagnose your problem ...Read more

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For months, I have had acute intermittent pain in the joint of my right big toe (where it connects to the foot). I don't have any standard risk factors for gout. I am active and I am not overweight. What should I do?

For months, I have had acute intermittent pain in the joint of my right big toe (where it connects to the foot). I don't have any standard risk factors for gout. I am active and I am not overweight. What should I do?

Osteoarthritis ?: It could be gout, but even without treatment it is unlikely for an acute gout attack to last this long, or to be so intermittent. This is more likely osteoarthritis. An exam and maybe a radiograph should be able to settle the diagnosis quickly and easily. ...Read more

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Pain in interphalangeal joint of big toe a few weeks but playing soccer last night the pain has increased significantly. Hurts to walk on it. Help?

Pain in interphalangeal joint of big toe a few weeks but playing soccer last night the pain has increased significantly. Hurts to walk on it. Help?

Stop playing : Soccer and see a podiatrist for x-rays. It is possible it is something like a capsulitis or synovitis of the capsule that envelopes the toe joint. (think sprain). A fracture should also be ruled out. Inflammation of the extensor hallucis longus tendon is another concern.
You need to stop playing until this is healed.
The toe should likely be wrapped until you can see the doctor to prevent motion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on and off pain in joint of big toe dancers help!?

Can you tell me if on and off pain in joint of big toe dancers help!?

You may have : A hallux limitus type of condition ...see a foot doc and have xrays taken to evaluate the bony structure of the joint. ...Read more

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Severe pain on joint below big toe and on ankle area. Any ideas?

Severe pain on joint below big toe and on ankle area.  Any ideas?

Possibly Gout: Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe.

http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/gout-topic-overview#1 ...Read more

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What is moderate pain and swelling in the joint of my big toe where it joins my foot. I'm 43 and very physically active.?

What is moderate pain and swelling in the joint of my big toe where it joins my foot. I'm 43 and very physically active.?

Overuse...: First thing that comes to mind when you say big toe joint and pain is gout. However, usually the pain is pretty severe, and it's red/inflamed. Very active people can have minor sprains and strains in the great toe that causes inflammation and pain, especially if there is some underlying arthritis that gets flares up. I would start with ibuprofen/rest and if not better in few days see doc. ...Read more

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What cause tingling in the joint of the big toe?

What cause tingling in the joint of the big toe?

Neuropathy: Is always a possibility when tingling is a symptom. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a joint fusion in the first joint of the big toe?

Joint fusion: Actually there isn't enough space here to go into indications , procedure (s) , as well as ins and outs. Speak to your anticipated surgeon. I always have patients in for a q and a session when surgery is anticipated. ...Read more

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I walked for a long time, and suddenly my joint of the big toe feels painful. Why?

I walked for a long time, and suddenly my joint of the big toe feels painful. Why?

Stop the walk talk.: Walked for a long time, I assume means, recently walked. You have over stress the toe, The tissues around the toe have been injured and now need time to recover. The pain is probably temporary and will go away with rest and time. I doubt that it is injured to the point of fracturing, but an x-ray might be appropriate, if there is swelling associated with the pain. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a a nerve that is inflamed just above the joint of the big toe and the foot. It's very painful and reddish?What can I do to ease the pain.

Hi, I have a a nerve that is inflamed just above the joint of the big toe and the foot. It's very painful and reddish?What can I do to ease the pain.

Couple of things: Soak in epsom salt & warm water to ease the swelling. Take aleve (naproxen).

It sounds like you have gout.
You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why does the joint in my big toe hurt?

Why does the joint in my big toe hurt?

Arthritis: Arthritis is a common reason for joint pain. Seeing a podiatrist and getting x-rays will tell you if it is present. ...Read more

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Joint at bottom of big toe enlarged and painful?

Joint at bottom of big toe enlarged and painful?

Arthritis: Actually it could be a number of different things but if it has all of a sudden become red, hot, swollen, and painful it may be gout. If it has been developing over many years then it is likely something called "hallux limitus" or "hallux rigidus" which is basically an arthritic process of the big toe joint that over time causes limitation of motion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Why does the inside of my big toe joint itch a lot?

Why does the inside of my big toe joint itch a lot?

Fungal infection: Perhaps this is a fungal infection of the toes. Is the itching worse after wearing socks & shoes for several hours? Is it worse at the end of the day (assuming you work daytime hours)? Any redness, irritation, peeling skin? It doesn't have to have a foul odor. If yes to most of these questions, consider a fungal infection. Try some otc remedies first. If no improvement, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I can't move second joint of big toe, what should I do?

I can't move second joint of big toe, what should I do?

Arthritis: Start by getting a simple xray. You may suffer from arthritis changes that prevent you from moving the distal joint. ...Read more

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What could cause the base joint of your big toe to swell?

Arthritis: There are several forms of arthritis that can cause the toe to swell, including gout, rheumatoid, psoriatic, and reactive arthritis. Bunions can also cause a swelling at the base of the first toe as well as degenerative arthritis and trauma. ...Read more

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My right big toe is in pain and discomfort from tip to joint.

My right big toe is in pain and discomfort  from tip to joint.

Many causes of pain: Many things can cause big toe. Without a known injury, possibilities could include a painful arthritis, fractures, or infections. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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The joint under my big toe and my big toe hurt all the time, what can I do to address this problem?

See Podiatrist: Several possiblities. Among them, bursitis, fracture, arthrithic condition or infection come to mind. A podiatrist will examine and x-ray and provide diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat big toe joint that is swollen?

What are ways to treat big toe joint that is swollen?

Get at the cause: See your doctor for an evaluation. X-rays and/or lab tests may be necessary to diagnose what exactly is going on. It sounds like arthritis, and there are many different types of arthritis. If it is at the base of the joint, and there is bump on the side, it could be a bunion. See your doctor for a more specific answer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain & stiffness in my big toe joint?

What to do if I have pain & stiffness in my big toe joint?

See a foot doc: Need an xray to determine how bad it is. Sometimes conservative therapy may work, or the doctor may advise surgery if your joint is arthritic. ...Read more

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What could be causing pain & stiffness in my big toe joint?

What could be causing pain & stiffness in my big toe joint?

Technically : The big toe joint would be the interphalangeal joint not the mpj, but, I'm not sure which you are referring to. If the ip joint, I'd look to see if the toe was straight or not. If not internal compressive forces may be irritating the joint. If mpj is bothering you look for dorsal spurring to be a cause, I.e hallux limitus. Gout also affects this joint. ...Read more

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My two-year-old son cut his big toe under the joint what can I do ?

My two-year-old son cut his big toe under the joint what can I do ?

Depends: How deep? What was it cut on? Is tetanus up to date?
Immediate concern: stop any bleeding (pressure), cleanse wound.... ...Read more

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My big toe hurts bad by joint and i didn't hurt it what could it be?

My big toe hurts bad by joint and i didn't hurt it what could it be?

Gouty arthritis: Most likely gout caused by uric acid build up. Produced from purines - proteins found in red meat, shellfish, wine etc. Could also be degenerative osteoarthritis but less likely at 32. Google a gout diet and follow it. ...Read more

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My big toe hurts at the joint and I cannot bend it, it has been like this for a few months?

My big toe hurts at the joint and I cannot bend it, it has been like this for a few months?

Hallux rigidus: You likely have hallux rigidus, arthritis of the big toe. You may have done something to exacerbate it over the past few months. You don't mention any specific injury. Nsaids and a stuff sole shoe that doesn't bend at the big toe ( to act like a splint) may help. Topical pain creams may help too. ...Read more

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I am having a surging pain in the large joint at the base of my big toe. It surges every 14-18 with intense pain. This has been going on for > an hour?

I am having a surging pain in the large joint at the base of my big toe. It surges every 14-18 with intense pain. This has been going on for > an hour?

Gout: The location is notorious for gout which is a crystal-induced arthropathy. Definitely see your doctor. Let him/her know if there was any trauma or overuse such as frequent hyperextension (turf toe). ...Read more

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I have pain in top of big toe joint. Feels like something small is floating around above joint. Been over a year. Heavy activity makes it worse. Ideas?

I have pain in top of big toe joint. Feels like something small is floating around above joint. Been over a year. Heavy activity makes it worse. Ideas?

Big Toe Pain: Good morning. If there is a history of trauma, their is a higher incidence of early arthritic conditions such as Hallux Limitus that cause bone spurs to form in the big toe joint, limit motion, cause "bumps" to occur over the joint, and cause more pain with activity. An x-ray would be taken to evaluate the joint and surrounding bony structures. ...Read more

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