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FOREFOOT PAIN

Forefoot and Toe Pain

POSSIBILITY 01: BUNIONS

The Mayo Clinic describes the signs and symptoms of a bunion as including, “A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe. Swelling, redness, or soreness around your big toe joint. Corns or calluses — these often develop where the first and second toes rub against each other.”

Besides being painful, bunions also make it hard to find shoes that fit properly; forcing you to buy a larger size shoe to accommodate the width the bunion creates. Blisters may also form more easily around the site of the bunion as well. When bunion deformity becomes severe enough, the foot can hurt in different places pretty regularly even when you’re not wearing shoes.

Bunions are a deformity characterized by lateral deviation of the great toe. Years of abnormal motion and pressure can cause your big toe to turn in toward the second toe.



POSSIBILITY 02: MORTON’S NEUROMA

The Mayo Clinic describes this feeling like, “You are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock. Morton's neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.”

Morton's neuroma seems to occur in response to irritation, pressure or injury to one of the nerves that lead to your toes.