Joint Swelling

Q: Why is my toe joint swelling?

The foot contains twenty-six bones and over thirty joints. The body’s natural response to any type of joint injury is to increase blood flow to the affected area. This results in an accumulation of fluid in the tissues in and around the joint, resulting in swelling. Depending on the cause of the injury, joint swelling may be accompanied by stiffness, redness, warmth and pain.

Joint swelling may also result from inflammatory, degenerative, traumatic, infective, or crystal-forming joint diseases, such as gout. If joint swelling persists, one of our foot & ankle surgeons can best determine the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment.