Re: big toe sprain

There are several possibilities (and of course you know an x-ray would be the first thing we would want to look at). If nothing showed then an MRI would be my next step.

1. An intra articular fracture and it could have healed a bit off

2. Cartilage damage to the joint

3. a ligament or tendon was torn and did not reattach properly.

You could be in the early stages of hallux limitus ( a cousin of a bunion-hallux valgus)

Orthotics might help of surgery might be indicated depending on what is found and how much pain you are having. I never inject this joint with cortisone.

My office is in McKinney, Texas which is north of Dallas. If you need a referral to someone near you, you can let me know or go to the APMA.org site and find a doctor there. You might ask around your area also to see who ther doctors go to.

I do this site because the man I get braces from hosts it for me if I agreed to answer some questions. I never thought it would amount to thousands! Most of the time, to many people's dismay I suggest they go see a podiatrist. It really is very difficult to diagnose things based on what people post.

Good luck

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on August 15, 2004 at 14:25:48:

In Reply to: big toe sprain posted by Dale Ireland on August 15, 2004 at 14:03:28:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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