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Big Toe Joint Pain



Pain in or around the big toe on your foot. Causes can include arthritis, bunions, gout, injury (turf toe), and sesamoiditis (inflammation of the tiny bones under your toe that help you raise up on your tip toes).

Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center

Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center

Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain when touching or moving the toe
  • Redness, swelling, bruising
  • Inability to move the toe
  • Pain when walking or exercising


  • Rest, ice, elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections
  • Custom molded orthotics
  • Immobilization
  • Surgical correction

New Minimally Invasive Procedure For Big Toe Joint

We now offer the Titanium Resurfacing Implant, which is less invasive, and better than a total implant.

The Metatarsal Implant (click on link below to see) is used in the treatment of patients with degenerative and post-traumatic arthritis, along with the following conditions: hallux limitus, hallux valgus, hallux rigidus, (“hallux” refers to the big toe) and an unstable or painful big toe joint (otherwise known as the MTP joint).

The Titanium Metatarsal Resurfacing Implant is a one piece implant designed to replace the distal head of the 1st metatarsal, and provide a smooth joint surface for the adjacent phalangeal base of the toe.

Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center

Click on the button below to see a picture of this procedure being performed.


Big Toe Joint Pain Patient Reviews

“My large toe hurt. It wouldn’t bend when I needed it to bend, and sometimes I would wake up at night with pain in my toe. The pain was very sharp and hurt the most when I walked up the stairs, but as time went on, it hurt when I was simply walking. Fashionable high heels were out. I didn’t know what was wrong; I thought I was getting old. There was also a growth on my toe like a bunion, but it was on top and not on the side. My shoes were not fitting properly because of the growth, and my foot looked very strange.

This first happened with my right toe about four years ago. When I went to Dr. Deiboldt, he said the cause was mostly genetic, and that it would soon happen with my left toe also. Surgery for my right toe was quick and the recovery was about 10-12 weeks. Four years later, I went in to have the left toe fixed. Again, the pain was sharp and most bothersome when I walked up stairs and I was having trouble finding shoes to make me comfortable.

However, surgery for my left toe was done differently and the recovery was amazingly fast. Dr. Deiboldt put a Titanium Implant in this foot which made all the difference. I had pain medication which I used the first couple of days, but then I just didn’t need it. I was back at work six days after the surgery. I avoided the stairs at my school as much as I could for the first few days, but after three days, I was even a pro at managing them regularly. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to get around.

I went back to Dr. Deiboldt a few times, and the toe was wonderful. The toe is amazing. I walk a lot and even run at times. I am very happy that I had it done, I’m very happy that Dr. Deiboldt used the new Titanium Implant because recovery was fast, painless, and uneventful.”

– Mary Crane

Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center


Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center
10720 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-804-1174
Fax: 301-937-0453

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