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Bunions May Cause Toe Pain

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe and may cause toe pain. The pain may come from the joints in the big toe as the bunion pushes it out of alignment. The big toe may be swollen, red, and stiff, and may worsen until medical attention is received. This condition is caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. A small bump can develop, causing a deformity in the big toe. This toe contributes significantly to walking, rising up on the balls of the feet, and maintaining the body’s balance. Toe pain can cause difficulty in accomplishing these moves, and relief is often sought. This can begin with choosing shoes that fit correctly and wearing custom-made orthotics may help the affected foot to regain alignment. Large bunions may cause the toes to shift toward each other, and the toe pain may become severe. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose a bunion, and offer you treatment to alleviate any toe pain it may cause.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM of Bellaire 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 Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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