What’s Wrong with Your Toes?


When your toes hurt, it can be a major inconvenience. You may have difficulty wearing shoes. Certain kinds of exercise become impossible. Even light walking can be problematic. But you don’t have to throw up your hands and surrender to toe pain or discomfort. If you live in Monmouth County, New Jersey, let the board-certified podiatrists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center examine your aching toes. We can diagnose and treat all ailments of the toes, including -  

Conditions that affect the joint at the base of the big toe:

  • bunion - a large bump on the outside of the foot

  • hallux limitus - limited flexibility in the joint due to arthritis

  • turf toe - pulled ligaments in the joint (also called a sprain)

Conditions that commonly affect the big toe, but also can affect the lesser toes:

 Conditions that can affect the little toes:

  • capsulitis (2nd toe)

  • neuromas (nerve damage in the 3rd and 4th toes)

  • Morton’s toe (the 2nd toe is longer than the big toe)

  • hammertoes, mallet toes, claw toes

  • overlapping or underlapping toes

  • tailor’s bunion (a small bunion that juts out from the 5th or pinky toe)

When should you see a podiatrist for a toe problem?

Of course, we treat toe injuries as well. If you stub your toe or drop something on it, come into our office for peace of mind. We’ll eliminate the possibility of a broken bone or a stress fracture, or treat you for these if necessary.  

Pain that doesn’t go away, swelling, deformities, or signs of infection in any of your toes warrant an appointment with Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Dan Phan, or Dr. Joseph Saka in Howell or Jackson. We can improve or eliminate pain for most conditions with medications, custom orthotics, physical therapy, or toe surgery when necessary. Call us at (732) 905-1110 or click here to make an appointment.