Swelling in your big toe joint can mean various things.  If you remember trauma to the area or an injury, it could be a fracture or a contusion.  If this swelling is something that has happened gradually, it could be arthritis in the big toe joint or bunion pain. If the joint is red and swollen and painful to touch, it could also mean that it is an infection, or it could be gout.  Whatever the reason, a swollen joint is not normal!  You should have the toe examined by one of our doctors.