Arthritis in the big toe joint is sometimes seen as a bump on the top of the joint.  It is a slow process that begins either after an injury or with repetitive trauma such as running, football, squatting and can even be work related.  There are also some predisposing factors based on your foot structure as well.  Bunions cause a misalignment of the big toe joint that causes uneven pressure across the joint. Lack of supportive foot wear or wearing heels daily can also increase pressures at the big toe joint and cause the arthritic process to begin.  

If you are concerned about a bump on your big toe, make an appointment for a full evaluations and x rays with one of our doctors.