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Sore Spot on Bottom of Big Toe

Sore Spot on Bottom of Big Toe

Posted On: January 27, 2021

Sore spot on the bottom of your big toe can cause discomfort and pain. The spot may appear as a small bump.

You may experience increased pain if pressure is applied to the affected area. Friction from wearing shoes, walking, running, or standing can also increase the pain.

Sore spot on the bottom of your big toe can make it difficult for you to wear shoes and walk freely.

Causes

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There are a variety of conditions that may cause sore spots on the bottom of your big toe.

These include:

  • Bone spur
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Corn
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid nodules

Treatment

The treatment varies depending on the cause of your condition.

Bunion

A bony bump at the bottom of your big toe is known as a bunion. A bunion can cause redness, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain.

You may develop sore spot on the bottom of your big toe if you have bunion.

Bunion treatment

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Bunion treatment includes:

Taking OTC relievers can be effective in relieving the pain. Wearing comfortable shoes and using shoe inserts to help make you feel more comfortable.

There are other conservative treatments that your doctor may suggest depending on the severity of your condition.

Surgery may also be performed to straighten your big toe

Bone spur

A bone spur is a smooth outgrowth from a bone. Bone spur on the big toe can cause sore spot. Treating bone spur can help prevent sore spot.

Bone spur treatment

Treatment options for bone spurs include over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help relieve pain.

Wearing more comfortable shoes and cushioning your shoes with shoe inserts can also help to make you feel more comfortable.

Corticosteroids injection may be injected into the affected area to reduce swelling and pain.

Very severe cases that can’t be treated with conservative treatments may require surgical interventions.

Corn

A corn is a hard, thickened layer of skin caused by friction and pressure. Corns develop mostly on the tops and sides of the feet and between the toes. They can develop in other weight-bearing areas of the body. They can cause pain and irritation.

Corn treatment

Corns can be treated by using non-medicated pads and wearing comfortable shoes.

Applying moisturizing cream with ammonium lactate, or salicylic acid can help.

Trimming your toenails may also help as well.

Corns also go away when the source of pressure and friction is eliminated.

Bursitis

A small sac filled with fluid located near joints, bones, or tendons is known as a bursa. Bursa helps to reduce friction.

Bursa by your big toe joint may become irritated or inflamed by your shoe or repetitive motion. This condition is known as bursitis.

Bursitis can cause pain, swelling and discomfort.

Bursitis treatment

Resting and elevating the affected foot can help improve your condition. Taking OTC pain medication can help with the pain.

Alleviating pressure off the affected toe can help. If there’s an infection, using antibiotics can help with the infection.

Common Treatment Options

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Common treatment options include:

  • Topical treatment

Applying topical creams, gels, or ointments to the affected area can help heal the sore and reduce pain.

  • Over-the-counter pain medications

OTC pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help with the pain.

  • Corticosteroid injection 

If the pain is severe, injecting corticosteroid into the pain area can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Orthotics

Orthotics helps to make you feel more comfortable when you wear your shoes. It helps to redistribute body weight and relieve pain. Wearing comfortable shoes and using orthotics help to make you feel more comfortable.

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