Toe Pain FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • Why do I have pain at the base of my toes?

    Your pain at the base of the toes means that your foot’s not working like it should. There’s an uneven amount of pressure placed on your foot when it hits the ground, so it irritates and inflames the metatarsals, which are the bones that run from your arch to the toe bones. This pain is more specifically referred to as metatarsalgia.

    There are a number of causes for this overarching term to describe ball of foot pain. Walking on hard surfaces, running on the beach, and trying to sprint in worn-out shoes are some of the reasons why you might suddenly feel discomfort.

    Your shoe choice could be to blame as well. Think about how sore the front of your foot is after spending an entire day in high heels.

    Bunions, claw toes, obesity, and stress fractures could put an uneven amount of pressure on your foot. Arthritis is another cause to consider, since it might choose to attack the metatarsophalangeal joints.

    Causes abound and, luckily, so do treatments for this kind of discomfort! Schedule your appointment at Sierra Foot & Ankle, serving the northern Nevada area, with a quick call—(775) 783-8037.

  • What are the causes of toe deformities?

    High arches, flat feet, traumatic toe injuries, and underlying diseases such as diabetes are some causes of toe deformities. These conditions create a muscle imbalance in the foot that puts you more at risk for hammertoes, mallet toes, and claw toes.

    Diseases that can create an imbalance include multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. The more inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, can also cause problems in your toes.

    Another thing that creates muscle imbalance? What you wear on your feet. If your shoes are too short, your second digit might have to bend to fit inside the shoe, which can cause mallet toe. Those who wear high heels are also at risk for claw toes, since the pointed shoes cram and squish the toes together. When you walk, your foot won’t receive the right pressure to keep your feet healthy.

    Toe deformities are a big pain that can greatly affect the way you walk. If you need treatment, set up an appointment with Dr. Victoria Melhuish. Feel free to call our office in Gardnerville, NV, at (775) 783-8037. Sierra Foot & Ankle can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! 

  • Who does hallux rigidus affect?

    If you have arthritis in multiple places, you may be concerned about a stiff big toe and wondering, “Who does hallux rigidus affect, anyway?” Hallux rigidus is osteoarthritis in the first joint of the big toe, so it can affect anyone. However, the older you are, the more likely you are to develop the problem. The condition is most common in adults between 30 and 60 years old. The problem also appears far more frequently in women than in men. Some researchers theorize this is because women are more likely to wear fashionable shoes that overuse the big toe joint, stressing it over the years.

    Certain foot anatomy can increase your risk for the problem as well. An unusually long or poorly aligned first metatarsal, or an inefficient arch, may strain the forefoot and contribute to arthritis. Having a family history of the problem or a past injury to the joint also make the problem more likely. If you notice a stiffness and pain in your big toe, let Dr. Victoria Melhuish in Carson City, NV, know. See how the Sierra Foot & Ankle staff can help. Call (775) 783-8037 or send us an online request to make an appointment.