This can often be due to the big toe joint being too short. The body cannot put sufficient weight into the shortened joint and the weight instead transfers to the 2nd joint.
This joint is not designed to weight bear, is less moveable and the result is a build up of a very painful plaque of tissue.
- Exercises to strengthen the big toe joint and allow more weight bearing can be very beneficial!
1st Ray and Peroneal strengthening exercise
- Place your foot on a bath towel on a smooth surfaced floor.
- With your heel planted raise the ball of the foot and reach it forward as far as you can.
- With the ball of the big toe joint now scoop some of the towel towards you.
- You will feel your arch raise and the outside of your leg begin to work.
- Repeat this at least x20. 30 secs rest then repeat.
- pad placed under the ball of the big toe can increase its weight bearing capability and reduce the need to transfer excessive weight!
2. A small pad placed under the ball of the big toe can increase its weight bearing capability and reduce the need to transfer excessive weight!