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'what is wrong if I can''t bend my big toe up? '

'what is wrong if I can''t bend my big toe up? '

Couple of things: You may have a tendonitis or you may have a bone spur preventing motion of the toe. ...Read more

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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I can't bend my big toe up, but there's no pain, and it also feels numb?

I can't bend my big toe up, but there's no pain, and it also feels numb?

It's abnormal: You should be able to bend the big toe (called the 'hallux') downward. It if far more important to be able to bend it upward though. It may be an early stage of hallux rigidis. This is when the big toe joint gets stiff. Often there is a small nerve that can get irritated, leading to numbness. See a podiatrist for exact advice in your specific case. ...Read more

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My big toe feels like it needs to pop but it can't. I can't bend it but I can move it, this started this morning when I woke up. I don't hurt it.

My big toe feels like it needs to pop but it can't. I can't bend it but I can move it, this started this morning when I woke up. I don't hurt it.

Gout attack: You are having a gout attack. See your family doctor or Go to the ER ASAP for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Until you can get to see a doctor, take some NSAIDS like ibuprofen, keep your foot elevated and use some cold compresses. Wear open toed shoes. Don't eat beans, meat, cheese, shellfish or drink alcohol.

Best wishes. ...Read more

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Many years ago someone jumped on my big toe accidentally wear high heels. Ever since I haven't been able to bend my toe upwards.?

Many years ago someone jumped on my big toe accidentally wear high heels. Ever since I haven't been able to bend my toe upwards.?

It was likely: Damaged. See a foot doc let him take xrays and he can give you an assessment after examining the range of motion of the joint. ...Read more

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Nothing showed on my X-ray but my big toe feels like its jammed and if I bend it to a point it's going to break. It doesn't bend as far as the other?

Nothing showed on my X-ray but my big toe feels like its jammed and if I bend it to a point it's going to break. It doesn't bend as far as the other?

Sounds early: You may be getting the start of what is called a hallux limitus or a jamming of the joint causing restricted motion and what may lead to complete loss of motion as the condition progresses....X-ray changes and spurring of the bones usually follow as the condition worsens. Have a podiatrist check it out and advise you further. ...Read more

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What if big toe not able to bend?

See Podiatrist: You may have arthritis of your toe gout a fracture or a torn tendon, early evaluation is your best shot at full recovery. ...Read more

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My big toe won't bend downwards. Is that normal or am I just inflexible?

My big toe won't bend downwards. Is that normal or am I just inflexible?

Not normal: There is an expected range of motion to the great toe and bending downward past parallel to the foot is expected. There may be pathology in the joint or surrounding structures or arthritic changes to the great toe joint. ...Read more

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My big toe is getting dark and the natural curve has turned into a sharp bend which is digging into the sides.

My big toe is getting dark and the natural curve has turned into a sharp bend which is digging into the sides.

Toenail?: Assuming you mean the toenail, this is likely either a fungus darkening the nail, or just incurvation, possibly associated with a spur under the nail. This will cause bruising of the nailbed and nail deformity. Either way, a podiatrist is your best bet for evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I can't bend my big toe down after a DIPJ injury 8 months ago. Xray was fine but it's painful to touch on surface and outer side. What might it be?

I can't bend my big toe down after a DIPJ injury 8 months ago. Xray was fine but it's painful to touch on surface and outer side. What might it be?

Can't bend toe: 29 F I can't bend my big toe down after a DIPJ injury 8 months ago. Xray was fine but it's painful to touch on surface and outer side. What might it be? ANS:if you cannot really bend your toe down at all you may have torn lose the the big toe flexing tendon from the big toe bending muscle and this may not show up on X-ray. Show to your Dr. ...Read more

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My right big toe is clicking whenever I bend it, even if I bend it 2 or 3 times and still clicks?

See a podiatrist: Let them take x-rays to evaluate your joint and give you your treatment options. ...Read more

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My big toe hurts. It hurts when I bend it back and forward. It just started to hurt tonight. What could be wrong.?

My big toe hurts. It hurts when I bend it back and forward. It just started to hurt tonight. What could be wrong.?

Toe pain: Where does it hurt in big toe? At base? Is it red and irritated? Do you have history of gout? Sudden onset of pain in toe without injury, and recent ingestion of some foods - shellfish, red meat and ex. Beer, can bring on a gout attack. Try taking an advil. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning and my 2nd toe from my big toe was hurting, it's hurts to bend it. I hit my my little toes on my bed frame a few days ago.

I woke up this morning and my 2nd toe from my big toe was hurting, it's hurts to bend it. I hit my my little toes on my bed frame a few days ago.

As they R not the-: -same toe, they R unrelated. Really the only way U can get an answer is 2 have Ur parents make an appt. 4 U 2 C Ur PCP. This requires a hands on exam. ...Read more

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I thought I had jammed my toe last monday, but I am still unable to bend it. Could it be broken? I thought that I had seriously jammed my toe last monday on the 12th while jogging on a trail, but it is still very painful and I am unable to bend my big toe

I thought I had jammed my toe last monday, but I am still unable to bend it. Could it be broken? I thought that I had seriously jammed my toe last monday on the 12th while jogging on a trail, but it is still very painful and I am unable to bend my big toe

I: I wouldn't go to an er at this point. You'll ferment there for hours. I would go to a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon, both of whom would have x-ray equipment in their offices, and can tell you for certain what's going on.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have a bunion on the top of big toe. Left big toe is turning inward & I can't bend it down as far as right toe.

Yes: A bump on the top of the big toe joint develops with jamming of that joint and formation of spurring. This can be caused by trauma or elevation of the metatarsal bone. Early treatment consists of steroid injections and custom inserts to improve joint function. As it advances, surgery may be needed to restore joint function, insert a joint implant or even fuse the joint to stop painful motion. ...Read more

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There is a small hole in the fold of my toe on the bottom of my big toe that Burns when I bend it down. I found in may. I am now 10 weeks preg.

There is a small hole in the fold of my toe on the bottom of my big toe that Burns when I bend it down. I found in may. I am now 10 weeks preg.

Small ulceration?: Skin folds are areas susceptible to ulcerations and other inflammatory conditions that can lead to skin breakdown. It may be a fungal infection that caused skin breakdown in the area, etc. Best to have it looked at by doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My big toe has been hurt for over 2 weeks because I jammed it, so now it's swelled, hurts when I walk, and when I bend it. What could be wrong with it?

Injury: The symptoms you describe can be seen in a variety of musculoskeletal injuries to include strains, sprains, and fractures. A visit to the doctor for an evaluation and X-Ray would be reasonable given the duration of your symptoms. ...Read more

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When I bend my big toe the inside of my heel hurts. Why?

When I bend my big toe the inside of my heel hurts. Why?

Tight: Plantar fascia is a possibility. Try rolling a golf or tennis ball unde the inner arch region. Try wearing an orthotic when walking. ...Read more

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The mound of my big toe (underneath) feels sore this morning. It can bend frontwards, but very tender and sore if being the other way. Help?

The mound of my big toe (underneath) feels sore this morning. It can bend frontwards, but very tender and sore if being the other way. Help?

Sprain: You probably sprained it. It should improve over 4-5 days. If not, . Please see your primary provider to investigate. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the bottom of my big toe and it stings to bend down. I might have another one on my toe that's next to the other big toe.

I have a small bump on the bottom of my big toe and it stings to bend down. I might have another one on my toe that's next to the other big toe.

1, then 2, then? .: Small bump on the bottom of one toe, now also on the next toe, spells wart. A viral skin infection, that is best treated early and I mean the earlier the better. Did I say you need to have this seen early?? ...Read more

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If I bend my big toe make a fist with my toes my Achilles hurts or clicks and I can t fully flex my big toe?

If I bend my big toe make a fist with my toes my Achilles hurts or clicks and I can t fully flex my big toe?

See doc...: It's probably not your achilles. Flexing toes is done by contracture of flexor hallucis and digitorum longus. The clicking could be the tendons snapping over an enlarged posterior talar tubercle. ...Read more

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My PT acted as though there could be something other than just nerve damage as to why I can't bend my toes except big toe?

My PT acted as though there could be something other than just nerve damage as to why I can't bend my toes except big toe?

Muscle Weakness: Hello: Weakness of the tendons to the toes has two main factors that must be assessed by a foot specialist. First is if there is nerve damage. Second if there muscle weakness or a problem with the tendon. A foot specialist can make the diagnosis and order further tests based on your examination. ...Read more

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Woke up on Tuesday with a very swollen big toe. It’s red and warm to the touch. Can’t bend it. Possibility of gout or something else?

Woke up on Tuesday with a very swollen big toe. It’s red and warm to the touch. Can’t bend it. Possibility of gout or something else?

Gout can do this: You certainly describe the presentation of gout. The big toe is extremely common place for gout to affect. However, you are young for gout unless you have a medical issues such as kidney problems or other rare medical conditions. I assume you did not injure the toe. You need to be evaluated where labs can be checked including a uric acid level and kidney function. Joint aspiration also may be done ...Read more

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Earlier, I dropped a heavy object on my big toe. I can not bend it, there is swelling, and I can't walk. Will I have to get a medical boot?

Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a podiatrist for fracture and other injuries. They will likely take x-rays and perform a detailed examination to check for injury of nerves, joints, etc. They will then be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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The past 3 years the ball of my left foot and my big toe hurt (can't bend it to wear closed shoes)?

The past 3 years the ball of my left foot and my big toe hurt (can't bend it to wear closed shoes)?

Hallux rigidus: Very possibly, you have what is termed "hallux rigidus" or a rigidly fixed great toe joint. This is an "wear and tear" type of arthritic condition localized to this specific joint. The inability to bend the great toe will limit your ability to propulse, or push-off, during each step, causing you to often transfer your weight to another part of the foot, in your case, maybe the ball of the foot. ...Read more

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I dislocated my big toe. I never went to a doctor and now that it's healed, it won't bend. It does not hurt and I walk fine. Is this a bad thing?

Dislocation: It's not a bad thing if not painful but not being able to bend it will cause a problem and get hallux rigidus and cartilage damage. Should get it checked by a local podiatrist. ...Read more

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In 2011 I had peroneal tendon repair. It was partially torn across but torn way up my leg. Since then my big toe has hurt &doesn't bend very well help?

In 2011 I had peroneal tendon repair. It was partially torn across but torn way up my leg. Since then my big toe has hurt &doesn't bend very well help?

May or may not: Be related. The peroneal longus tendon inserts on the base of the first metatarsal and this may have something to do with the function of the great toe. Xrays to rule out hallux limitus/rigidus and clinical exam are warranted. ...Read more

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12 weeks ago I broke my big toe in the joint, had it xrayed and have worn a flat shoe. When will it bend? Do broken joints fuse? I don't have insurance

12 weeks ago I broke my big toe in the joint, had it xrayed and have worn a flat shoe. When will it bend? Do broken joints fuse? I don't have insurance

Broken toe: Without seeing your first x ray that is impossible to predict. Many things can happen to a fracture - malalignment, poor or no healing, residual pain, to name just a few. You need to see your podiatrist - explain you have no insurance - for help and guidance. ...Read more

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I have had MRI and X-rays. How come my big toe has two bumps on it and can't bend. Very painful to walk any ideas?

I have had MRI and X-rays. How come my big toe has two bumps on it and can't bend. Very painful to walk any ideas?

It is not clear: You have not told us your age and not told us the xray results. The results are most important and your statement suggests arthritis. If you have inflammatory process such as gout this may be part of the cause. The ortho doctor needs to give you the results and need to follow the recommendations. ...Read more

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I think that I broke my big toe. It's swollen and there's a purple bruise over the joint that won't bend. It hurts pretty bad. Should I go to er?

I think that I broke my big toe. It's swollen and there's a purple bruise over the joint that won't bend. It hurts pretty bad. Should I go to er?

Hallux fracture: To reduce the pain apply ice to your toe for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
The only way to find a fracture is to have it X-rayed. The large toe can be splinted to reduce pain by the doctor in the ER. If there is pain or discoloration at the base of your large toe toward the rest of your foot you need to have it x-rayed as this bone is important in supporting your foot. ...Read more