Painful great toe

Here is an example of a patient with a painful great toe joint.  As you can see by the picture in the great toe joint there are spurs on the inside of the joint as well there is less space for the joint that is why the joint looks like it is bone on bone.  The technical term for this condition is Hallux Limitus.  This condition causes pain in the great toe joint when squatting or kneeling and tends to get worse over time.  It is an osteoarthritis problem of wear and tear of the joint.  There are many types of treatment including cortisone injection, orthotics and surgery.  If you are interested in learning more about this condition and how to treat it you can read more here:
To your health,
Dr. Donald Pelto