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Doctor insights on: Big Toe Overlapping Second Toe

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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Why is my second toe longer than the big toe?

Why is my second toe longer than the big toe?

Genetic Makeup: This is the result of your unique genetic makeup; some people have a longer one, some a shorter, and some the same length as the big toe. The length of the second toe does not have any correlation with intelligence, sex life or any of the other number of things I have been asked about in the office. ...Read more

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What's it mean if second toe longer than your big toe, is that bad?

What's it mean if second toe longer than your big toe, is that bad?

It means: When buying shoes to press down near the second toe and not the great toe to see if the shoe is properly fitting. ...Read more

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If I inured my second toe could that cause a vertical black line in the big toe next to it?

Highly unlikely.: That would be highly unlikely unless it absolutely appeared right after the injury. It's more likely due to other causes and should be investigated. ...Read more

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My big toe is starting to turn inward and cross over on top of the second toe. Is there anything to do for this?

My big toe is starting to turn inward and cross over on top of the second toe. Is there anything to do for this?

Bunion: If it doesn't hurt surgery is not required. There are many devices that you would put in between the 1st and 2nd toes to spread them apart. This is a temporary solution. Orthotics can help slow down the process of the increasing bunion (big toe over the 2nd) by correcting underline cause. Surgery is the only permanent solution. Please see a podiatrist to evaluate for your needs. ...Read more

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Can you have an operation on your second toe if its bigger then your big toe?

Yes: 80% of people have a second toe longer than the first toe. Most shoes are made to accommodate this fact. Occasional the second toe is so long or the shoe wear ill fit that it causes the second toe to become deformed. There is surgery to correct this. Shorten the second toe for cosmetic reasons alone is not advised. ...Read more

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Is there some sort of splint (that actually works) that can hold the big toe away from the second toe?

Is there some sort of splint (that actually works) that can hold the big toe away from the second toe?

Yes: Most of the splint are used at night and can be found in a catalog or drug store. During the day you can use a toe spacer.
They will not correct the positon of the toe forever. ...Read more

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I have a red itchy spot on my big toe and second toe what is it?

I have a red itchy spot on my big toe and second toe what is it?

Fungus: Possibly athletes foot for a quick simple answer. Try an antifungal first and if no improvement follow up with a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Between my big toe and second toe goes numb + back problem?

It is: Possible your back is the problem but there can be many reasons for this. Suggest seeing a podiatrist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Metatarsalgia: See your podiatrist so he can take xrays of your feet. This way they can be evaluated to see if the lesser toes are longer than the big toe and that is why there is pain due to transfer pressure to the longer metatarsals. Orthotics can be made to help redistribute the forces under foot and to better balance out the pressures and thereby alleviating the pain. ...Read more

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My left big toe feels numb on the inside next to the second toe. I have sciatica on that side as well. Related?

Very likely: Nerve impingement (anywhere from the spine all the way down the leg) can cause those symptoms. See a physiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and to come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I recently started to get small bumps in between my big toe and second toe on my left foot. It seems to be spreading and they hurt. What is it, cure?

Needs to be examined: This could be a skin condition or it may be the result of a structural problem (ex hammertoe, bone spur, etc). See the podiatrist! ...Read more

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It's been a year since my sesamoid/neuroma was taken out. My big toe is numb (feels wooden). My second toe is beginning to go numb. I still have pain.?

It's been a year since my sesamoid/neuroma was taken out. My big toe is numb (feels wooden). My second toe is beginning to go numb. I still have pain.?

Need to see your doc: You need to go back and see your doctor and discuss your concerns and see what suggestions they have. If not happy after that seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Have a bunion whrre my big toe is pressing against my second toe. The tip of my second toe is numb. Could that be the cause?

Have a bunion whrre my big toe is pressing against my second toe. The tip of my second toe is numb. Could that be the cause?

Yes: Bunions and the deformity associated w/ them (hallux valgus) can press on the second toe and cause deformity (hammertoes, etc.). Pressure on the second toe digital nerve can certainly cause numbness you are experiencing. See your orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist for evaluation. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Have a bunion whrre my big toe is pressing against my second toe. The tip of my second toe is numb for years. Could that be the cause?

Have a bunion whrre my big toe is pressing against my second toe. The tip of my second toe is numb for years. Could that be the cause?

Possibly: A bunion deformity can cause limited motion at the big toe joint which can intern cause more pressure at the next joint which can cause a pressure neuropathy. There can be several causes for this condition and if you are concerned that this problem is getting worse, you should Physically get examined by a professional. ...Read more

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My big toe is crossing over my second toe. I got told this may be a bunion. I am only 17. I experience no pain from it. Do I need a surgery?  

Think it Over.: Your description certainly sounds like a bunion to me. Whether or not you have it removed is entirely up to you. The usual reasons include pain, either with or without shoes. Some times the ability to even buy shoes is a problem. Believe it or not, but, people even have them removed because they don't like the way they look. My advice is to have them removed when you are ready and well informed. ...Read more

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I have a gap between my big toe and second toe, and my parents believe it is getting wider is there something I can buy to fix it without surgery?

Sometimes: This is secondary to a hallux varus. Is your big toe straight? Or is it deviated? If the condition is not painful, I would not be concerned…. ...Read more

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Hello. Numbness and occasional pin prick sensation on my second toe on my right foot. Highly localized, near tip of toe in area touching big toe, .?

Hello. Numbness and occasional pin prick sensation on my second toe on my right foot. Highly localized, near tip of toe in area touching big toe, .?

Is the second toe: The longest toe? Is it hammered at all? These are things to consider.....a nerve entrapment or neuroma is a possibility as well.....that's where I would start. ...Read more

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Is it common for the toe next to the big toe to be crooked with (a) plantar fibroma? Right foot, second toe looks like the letter "C".

Is it common for the toe next to the big toe to be crooked with (a) plantar fibroma? Right foot, second toe looks like the letter "C".

Fairly: What you are describing is not uncommon and is likely a hammertoe. Don't hesitate to be seen to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Hi. My mother has constant pain in her left foot metatarsal bone which worsens with excessive walking. Her second toe also seems to be bending towards the big toe.

Hi. My mother has constant pain in her left foot metatarsal bone which worsens with excessive walking. Her second toe also seems to be bending towards the big toe.

Why are you waiting?: The symptoms that your mother is having leads one to believe that there is likely a problem and left untreated it may become a serious problem. The second toe migrating to the big toe is problematic in that swelling or tissue rupture may be the cause. There is also the possibility of a stress fracture. She needs to have her foot evaluated and given some direction on the treatment plan. ...Read more

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Big toes painful as there quite big and is stiff left one is worse hurts when walking now second toe is bent to side and has lump on it on left foot?

Big toes painful as there quite big and is stiff left one is worse hurts when walking now second toe is bent to side and has lump on it on left foot?

English Bunion: You have given a pretty good description of a typical bunion deformity of the great toes. The great toe is also shifting laterally or toward the little toe causing a subsequent hammering of the second toe. The stiffness is due to the excessive bone growth around the joint which not only causes pain but can also change the way you walk. All flannel aside, you need to have it evaluated for a fix. ...Read more