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A 32-year-old member asked:

What could cause ongoing pain in my big toe for months?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Time to see a doctor: A person with ongoing pain in a toe for several months should see a doctor, to figure out if there is arthritis, a bone fracture, gout, or other disorder. A primary care doctor, an orthopedic doctor, a rheumatologist, or a podiatrist, can all be helpful.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Big toe pain: Here again it could be several things - undiagnosed fracture, subchondral fracture, tendonitis, bone spur, ingrown nail, subungual exostosis, fungal nail, spin callous, excessive pronation with pressure on the toe, etc. An exam and xray by a podiatrist will give you the help you seek. Good luck !
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 36 years experience
There are a myriad of possibilities that your Podiatrist may have to differentiate. Even a tumor can cause pain in a big toe. X-rays/MRI's.
May 1, 2013

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What causes a stabbing intense pain in the big toe?

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Dr. Richard Blake
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Big Toe Pain: There are so many causes. You first check if the pain is coming from the big toe joint or the lesser joint by the toenail by moving these joints. Then, you check whether there is an ingrown toenail by pushing down the sides of the nail. If there is no swelling in the toe, yet it is causing intense pain, have a neurologist check you for an L5 nerve root irritation from your back. Dr rich blake.
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What are some causes for sharp pain in left big toe?

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What can cause your big toe to be shorter than your other toes?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
It could just be: A normal foot may have either the first, second, and rarely the third toe as being the longest. If the toe is much shorter, there could be a medical, genetic, or traumatic origin. If you do not have pain, or difficulty wearing shoes it just might mean nothing, If you do experience these things, please do consult with a podiatrist.
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A 34-year-old male asked:

What would cause Metatarsal pain in both feet? I do have Morton's toe, where my second toe is bigger than my big toe, on both feet.

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Dr. Ashley Vanderloop
Podiatry 13 years experience
Stop activity: Metatarsal pain in both feet can be due to overuse which can in turn create tendonitis, fractures and even nerve compression. Your discomfort may be temporary however with continued pain and tenderness it's important to see a Podiatrist in person for radiographic imaging and proper diagnosis and treatment.
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A 27-year-old female asked:

What would cause swellin and pain in my big toe?

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Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Few things: Gout, arthritis, or some sort of trauma can all cause it. See your physician so they can do an appropriate exam.

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