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).
Arthritis can affect any part of the body where joints exist and your toes are not an exception. In fact, toe arthritis is very common and many people suffer from this painful problem.
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.1. Contrast Hydrotherapy
Both cold and warm water treatments, popularly known as hydrotherapy, can help reduce the discomforts of 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.2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is useful in relieving joint pain in the big toe due to arthritis. It helps remove the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues, which is important to ease any kind of arthritic pain.
It also has anti-inflammatory and alkaline-forming properties that help reduce pain and stiffness in the joints.
Mix equal amounts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water in a foot tub. Soak your big toe in this solution for 30 minutes. When done, dry your foot thoroughly. Do it twice daily to notice an improvement in the pain and swelling.
Also, mix 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water and add a little honey. Drink it twice daily.3. Warm Oil Massage
Massaging the arthritis-affected big toe with some warm oil is another effective way to reduce the pain and inflammation.Massage improves blood circulation and also encourages toxin drainage to reduce swelling.
Warm up some olive or coconut oil in the microwave.
Dab the warm oil on the affected area.
Using your fingers, do deep-friction massage for 10 minutes.
Repeat 2 or 3 times daily.
Caution: If massaging causes more pain, stop doing it and consult a doctor.