If you have recently stubbed or jammed it, the lingering soreness could be from bruising. If it is really painful when moved, you may have even sprained or fractured it. Redness or swelling near the side of the toenail may be due to an ingrown toenail. A corn on the top of a toe or in between two toes that rubs inside your shoes could cause pain.
A painful big toe may be due to a condition called hallux limitus, which is a stiffening of the toe joint. Gout—a form of arthritis—can attack the big toe joint. A deformity such as bunions or hammertoes could also cause discomfort. Morton’s neuroma and metatarsalgia are two conditions that cause ball of foot pain that can radiate into the toes.
With so many possible causes, it is important to see Dr. Harvey Danciger to get an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment for toe pain. Contact our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.