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Indications of Toe Arthritis

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Toe arthritis, a condition causing inflammation in the joints of the toes, has a range of symptoms, offering insight into its presence. Most commonly, individuals experience pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected toes, often intensifying with movement. As arthritis progresses, the joints may lose flexibility, impeding regular toe movements. A notable sign is the development of a grinding sensation or audible cracking when the affected toes are in motion. The condition can also lead to changes in the toe's appearance, such as deformities or the formation of bunions. As arthritis takes its toll, daily activities, like walking or standing, may become increasingly challenging. Recognizing these subtle yet significant indicators enables individuals to seek timely medical attention. If you have toe pain, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose toe arthritis and offer appropriate treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Howard Waxman, DPM of Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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