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      Why is your big toe joint paining?

      The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is the one that connects the big toe to the foot. This is a very important joint as it not only supports the body but also controls the movement of the big toe up and down. There could be times when you will find that your big toe joint is paining and here are some of the common reasons why this could happen. This pain could be the result of injuries, Arthritis, bunions and more.

      Osteoarthritis

      In this form of arthritis, which is a result of the cartilage wearing down at the joints. When this happens at the foot, the first thing it affects is the MTP joint. With the passage of time, the big toe will end up making the cartilage erode and the bones rub against each other. When this friction happens, it can be quite painful and even walking might be difficult.

      Gout

      This is a variation of arthritis when uric acid crystallizes in the joints. This is waste that gets flushed through the bloodstream before passing through the kidneys. If this level is high, it can result in small deposits and when this happens at the joints, it’s very painful. The first sign of gout is pain in the big toe.

      Bunion

      A bunion may be defined as a bony bump that gets formed on the joint at the base of the big toe. This may cause pain, swelling, stiffness and restricts flexibility in the big toe. Though these can occur in anyone, they are more common amongst those who wear shoes tight at the toe.

      Sesamoiditis

      This is a condition where the sesamoid bones or the bones in the foot below the MTP joint get inflamed. This causes bruising, swelling and difficulty in moving the toe. This condition is a result of overusing the toe.

       

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