Pain at the Base of the Middle Toes
The Pain at the Base of the Middle Toes can either be from your big toe, the big toe joint, the lesser toes or the lesser toe joints. This guide illustrates what are the most likely causes of the pain at the base of the toes.
1)Pain at the Base of your 2nd, 3rd and 4th Toes
Pain at the base on the second, third of fourth toes is usually due to a few common causes which I will list from most common:
Second toe pain is one of the most common sites of foot pain because anatomically this is the site of the longest and most rigid bone in the forefoot.
It is the most common site for ball of the foot pain because as you can see in the X-ray, the 2ndmetatarsal is the longest of the metatarsals and as you lean forward on your forefoot, most of the weight will be absorbed into the second toe joint leading to pain.
If the pain is more at the base of the joint of the toe (where the toe comes out of your foot), then you must consider for the possibility of ball of the problems rather than just toe itself.
It is probably difficult to diagnose this by yourself, but try and feet around at the bottom of your foot to see if the pain is coming more from this region rather than the actual toe itself.
- Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Metatarsal stress fracture
- Predislocation Syndrome
- Turf Toe
- Dislocated Toe
2)Pain at the Base of your Big Toe
If the pain you are experiencing is at the base of your big toe then you may have the following conditions which I will list from most common to least common:
- Hallux limitus
- Hallux rigidus
- Turf toe
- Broken Toe
- Swollen Toe
- Abductor Hallucis Strain
- Dislocated Toe
- Hallux Varus
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