What Causes Painthe Big Toe Joint With Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin

Hi there. So today, I just want to go overa few minutes on the most common cause of painthe big toe joint. So that's thisjoint right here. Standardly, when we walk, as we go forward, the big toe joint will bendlike that, usually somewhere around 60 to 90 degrees, and we come off the ground. Now, some people, when they walk, they rollin this way too much. And as they roll in, the ground, you can see, pushes up under thatbig toe joint. When that occurs, that pressure from the ground causes a jammingthat bigtoe joint. So, as you go forward, you can't get that full range of motion. And if youcan't get that full range of motion, all that

force that was going to moving the foot likethis, starts going to jamming these two bones together. And you can get a huge amount ofcompressionthat joint, leading to painthat joint. That condition is called hallux limitus. Halluxmeans big toe; limitus simply means a limited range of motion. Now, over time, hallux limituscan lead to so much compressionthe joint that it causes arthritis, orsome feet,all that force ends up going like this and it causes a bunion deformity. And you canfind much more information on both arthritis of the big toe joint and bunions on our website.Today I just want to go over a little bit

about the main cause of the painthat joint. Now, often, the pain will occur before there'sany damage to the joint. So, anybody who does have painthe big toe joint should tryand treat it right away. I'd recommend seeing a podiatrist who specializesorthoticsand biomechanics, and let them take a look at that joint. If you want to try and treatthis yourself, what you want to do is, try and stop this foot from rolling inwards somuch. You can do that a couple ways. You can usea good stable shoe that's firm on the heel and doesn't twist so much, so it helps preventthe foot from rolling inward. You can use

a highquality, over the counter arch supportinside your shoe. This also prevents that foot from going inward and takes the forceoff of that joint, allowing better motion as you walk forward. You can find a selectionof what we think are the best over the counter orthotics for this problem on our website. Just do a search for quot;over the counter orthoticsfor bunionsquot; or quot;over the counter orthotics for big toe joint pain.quot; And then finally,if that's not enough, you can get a custom orthotic. This one will conform closer tothe arch of the foot, so it does a better job of freeing up the motionthat joint.Now, these are pretty big orthotics. You can

also get small ones that fit into ess shoes. Again, basically if you have painthe bigtoe joint, you really should get that treated. That's a sign that there's damage occurringto the joint. Again, go see a podiatrist who specializesthis. In the short term, though,treat it by getting into a more stable shoe and using a decent arch supportyour shoes.And again, if you go to our website, you can find information on all of that.