Re: Pain on Big Toe Joint
Hi cj1986, I agree with Titchou, you probably need to get your foot x-rayed and checked out. I would probably start with the GP, but if you have a good relationship with the ortho, then go for it.
I have had a grumbly right foot for many years. Well, grumbly feet actually. I started with plantar fasciitis and got orthotics. The podiatrist who prescribed and made them knew my mother and grandmother and said we all had the same feet. So, fast forward to last year. I walked a few blocks to the coffee shop wearing sandals that my foot did not like. That apparently irritated the 1st MTP joint considerably. I got my foot x-rayed and learned I had arthritis in that joint. I saw the podiatrist again and he made new orthotics for me, and suggested a cortisone shot or "Durolane" injection or surgery. I got a cortisone shot and that helped for a few months. I bought new shoes. I chose not to try the Durolane because it seemed to be a very expensive crap shoot.
My foot continued to give me grief and I found that my hip and knee were more painful too. I went to my GP (new one because the other one left town) to get another cortisone shot. She refused to do this, and referred me to the orthopaedic surgeon. I had that joint fused on this past Oct 28th.
I am not saying this is the route you will take, for the record. You might find that orthotics help you and help keep your joint healthy longer. Good shoes will be important, especially for longer walks. Getting an x-ray now and getting the foot checked out will let you know where you stand and what you need to do next.
Good luck and may you have happy feet in 2010.
Life is too short to wear tight shoes. ~ May you have happy feet in 2013.