Are you suffering from big toe joint pain with running? Do you experience aching or throbbing pain in the big toe joint during or after running? You may be suffering from arthritis of the big toe joint. Arthritis is break down of the cartilage at a joint. It can cause bone on bone rubbing which induces pain with motion. People that are highly active seem to develop early signs of arthritis in the big toe joint because of the amount of impact that occurs at the big toe joint with exercise. Now that doesn’t mean not that you can’t run anymore, but it does mean you should see a podiatrist to help alleviate the discomfort you feel before or after running. If you suffer from big toe joint pain, treatment should be considered if it is causing you to avoid activities that you love or affecting your every day lifestyle. There is good news! Treatment doesn’t have to be surgery. Advanced Podiatry has a very specific protocol for big toe joint arthritis. It involves a combination of treatment using custom inserts and prolotherapy. Custom inserts are made specifically for your foot in our office. It provides the stability that your arthritic joint needs to reduce pain. Once orthotics have been designed, we can use a special injection called Prolotherapy that will help strengthening of the ligaments surrounding the arthritic joint and provide healing of the tissue. Prolotherapy is a series of injections performed to a painful joint that stimulates your body to lay down new, healthy tissue around a joint. By strengthening the ligaments surrounding the joint, less stress is induced to the arthritic joint when running. When used simultaneously, custom inserts and Prolotherapy can dramatically reduce pain associated with an arthritic joint and keep you running with minimal pain. If you would like to know more information about Prolotherapy, custom orthotics or big toe joint arthritis, then call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555. The doctors at Advanced Podiatry are ready to help reduce your pain and keep you running. Don’t let your foot pain limit your ability to continue exercising and staying fit!