‘Hallux’ is the technical term for the big toe.
The main role of the hallux is to help the body push off and forward when you are walking. It is a common area of the foot to develop pain and discomfort and pain can be experienced in the big joint at the base of the toe, in the smaller joint near the top of the toe, in the skin surrounding the toe and also in the toenail. The Podiatrists at Carousel Podiatry are trained and experienced in the treatment and assessment of any concerns about the hallux.
Pain in the big joint at the base of the big toe can be caused by poor-alignment of the joint due to a bunion, the development of bony spurs that prevent the joint from working properly, irritation from poor-fitting footwear and inflammation of the structures surrounding the joint. Treatment for this may include orthotics, joint mobilisation, footwear education and fitting and barefoot rehabilitation training.
Pain in the smaller joint of the big toe is usually as a result of increased pressure on the joint and abnormal movement of the joint. Problems that affect the big joint at the base of the toe can cause the little joint in the toe to work harder than usual and can eventually result in pain. The Podiatrist may suggest joint mobilisations, orthotic therapy and/or footwear modifications and fitting to help with the treatment of the pain.
Pain in the smaller joint of the big toe is usually as a result of increased pressure in the joint and abnormal movement of the joint. Problems that affect the big joint at the base of the toe can cause the little joint to work harder then usual and can eventually result in pain. The podiatrist may suggest joint mobilisations, orthotic therapy, footwear modifications and barefoot rehabilitation training to help treatment of the pain.
Pain in the skin surrounding the toe can be as a result of poor joint movement and increased pressure and friction on the skin, leading to hard skin. The podiatrists at Carousel Podiatry are experienced in the removal of this skin and will educate you on how to prevent the hard skin from returning. Hard skin on the edges of the big or small joint is an indicator that the hallux is not functioning properly.
If you have any big toe problems and would like us to help, please give Carousel Podiatry in Cannington a call!