An estimated 54.4 million American adults were told they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia between 2013 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1).
In most cases, toe arthritis attacks the big toe, but the other toes could be affected as well. Big toe arthritis, also known as hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, occurs when the big toe moves upward or begins to form bone spurs, which limits the range of motion of the toe.
Big toe arthritis usually starts with a stiffness of the joint and can be accompanied by swelling and redness. Other symptoms include enlargement of the joint, pain, difficulty wearing certain shoes, difficulty walking (especially when you first wake up in the morning), associated deformity, and soft tissue irritation or inflammation.
It is not at all unusual for patients to confuse bunions with big toe arthritis because both conditions can cause pain and a bump and enlargement at the big toe joint. But they are actually very different.
Big toe arthritis is easier to deal when the condition is diagnosed early. There are many simple, natural home remedies to treat this problem and reduce the discomforts.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for big toe arthritis
1. Contrast Hydrotherapy for Soothe big toe arthritis
While the warm water helps improve blood circulation in the affected area, the cold water helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Fill 2 small tubs – one with cold water and the other with warm water.
- First, soak the affected toe in warm water for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Then, put the toe in the cold water for 1 minute.
- Continue alternating steps 2 and 3 for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat the treatment 3 or 4 times daily until you get relief.
Caution: Be careful to avoid extreme temperatures in the water.