Bunions and big toe joint problems are among the most common foot and toe conditions affecting patients. In most cases it is possible to achieve pain relief using non-surgical treatment. If you are experiencing any discoloration, pain, swelling, numbness or other problems associated with your great toe or bunions on either side of your foot, contact CuraFoot Clinic for an appointment.

Common problems affecting the big toe joint include:


Bunion ConditionsBunions are an enlargement of the big toe joint and can cause pain – whether from shoe pressure or the damage occurring within the joint.  CuraFoot’s goal when treating bunions is to eliminate pain and stop or slow the growth of the bunion. Most bunion pain can be treated without surgery.
You should see a specialist at CuraFoot for treatment options if you have bunions. To slow or stop the bunion from getting bigger, you many need specialist treatment and support. Custom orthotics designed specifically for the patient’s condition have been shown to reduce bunions.

Hallux Limitus

Hallux Limitus is pain in the big toe joint. Due to abnormal foot mechanics sometimes the big toe joint doesn’t move as it should when you walk – this could cause Hallux Limitus.

In the long run, if Hallux Limitus is not treated, it could result in arthritis of the big toe joint. Pain in the big toe joint is a sign of ongoing damage and you should not ignore the pain.

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus is big toe joint arthritis and can lead to significant pain and discomfort while walking.

Numb Big Toe

Numbness in toes maybe caused by nerve damage due to diseases. However, most cases of numbness are actually caused by biomechanical conditions that put pressure on the nerves by the side of your foot. This can be easily remedied/treated, and sensation restored, if the pressure is due to physical stress.

Sprain of the big toe is also common among those who play sports like football. This should be evaluated and treated early to prevent long term problems. If you have an injury of this type, please contact CuraFoot Clinic for an appointment and get treated soon.

Tailor’s Bunion

Also known as a bunionette, instead of being a big toe issue, it’s a bunion at the little toe joint that forms on the outside of the foot. The condition is named after tailors because they commonly developed them from their work posture but today can be caused by too-narrow shoes rubbing and causing pressure.

12 Step Plan for Natural Bunion Pain Relief

  1. Use an arch support in your shoes. This will act to transfer force off of the area of the bunion. OTC arch supports will not work as well as a quality custom orthotic, but will help.
  2. Instead of slippers, use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house. This will act to decrease pressure on your big toe joint.
  3. Use a  Toe Spreader when you are wearing your slippers.
  4. Wearing the correct socks can help reduce bunion pain. Socks help in two ways. First by reducing friction on the bunion and second by providing cushion. Cotton is a poor choice for people with bunions because of high friction.
  5. Use a pad over the bunion deformity.
  6. Use a separator between your first and second toes to prevent them from abutting against each other. The best separators are made of silicone..
  7. Use a Bunion Splint at night to prevent the first toe and second toe from pushing against each other. These reduce pressure between the toes.
  8. Ice the bunion for 10 minutes each evening.
  9. Use a topical pain reliever during the day.
  10. Buy the right shoes. A good shoe fitter will not only lead you to the best fitting shoes, but can often modify the shoe to fit difficult to fit feet.
  11. Stretch your shoes over the bunion deformity.
  12. For very large bunions use a stretchable shoe: It stretches to conform to the contours of the foot, accommodating foot deformities, and eliminating pressure on bunions and other prominences. Provides exceptional comfort for feet with bunions, tailor’s bunions, hammertoes and bony prominences.