Articles about big toe

Hallux Rigidus: a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe

Footworks – May 2010 By Dr Alexandra Buk Each day, with every step you take, your big toe bears a tremendous amount of stress- a force equal to about twice your body weight. Most of us don’t realize exactly how much we use our big toe. We tend to take it for granted, unless a […]

Facts About Bunions

Bunions occur when the joint of the big toe becomes misaligned, causing swelling and tenderness. There is usually a bump or enlargement on the outside of the joint that makes it difficult to find a comfortable shoe. The deformity causes the big toe to angle towards the smaller toes, causing crowding. A bunion deformity is […]

Gout – a real pain in the foot

Gout, a type of arthritis, is a painful joint inflammation caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. When your body produces more uric acid than the kidneys can process, the excess builds up in the blood and accumulates in your joints. The disease bothers more than 1.8 million Americans, mostly men over […]

What causes gout?

Gout is the result of the buildup of uric acid in the tissues of a joint, most often the big-toe joint. An attack of gout can be miserable, marked by intense pain that comes on suddenly (usually in the middle of the night) and redness, swelling and warmth over a joint. Uric acid is normally […]

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