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Philip Harrison

Stiff Big Toes

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Philip Harrison

Does anybody have experience with loosening up stiff big toes? I'm experiencing a lot of pain from them even when I'm not working out. Doing a search online seems to indicate that there might be some kind of buildup in the bone that is causing a problem. I'm 45 so maybe I'm getting to this too late? I'd certainly like to avoid surgery so if anyone has experience and suggestions that would be great!!

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Douglas Wadle

You probably are experiencing some arthritis, but it could just be turf toe which will respond wonderfully to proper mobility work. I would second the recommendation for kit's foot sequence, and then make sure your shoes are not flexing your toe in a non-anatomical way that may be irritating the toe. while normally not a fan of more support in shoes, while this is healing you may want a shoe that is fairly stiff, to minimize the flexion at the great toe. then gradually transition to more normal shoes/barefoot walking a lot as it improves.

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Philip Harrison

Thanks for the feedback on this. We'll see how it goes.

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Edward Prah

Try a lacrosse ball (self myofascial release).

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