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I can't bend my toes up or down?

I can't bend my toes up or down?

Many causes: Could be one of many things like tendon ruptures, nerve damage. Suggest you see someone soon because the list of possible causes would fill a page. ...Read more

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


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Why do I keep getting cramp in toes and feet at night? Sometimes can't bend my toes without getting cramp

Why do I keep getting cramp in toes and feet at night? Sometimes can't bend my toes without getting cramp

Consider taking: Magnesium supplements you may have a magnesium deficiency. This could be checked with blood work but make sure to evaluate the magnesium levels in red blood cells. ...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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The top of my foot hurts when I walk, so I end up limping, it hurts to sleep, I can't bend my toes without it hurting, I'm wondering if its broken?

The top of my foot hurts when I walk, so I end up limping, it hurts to sleep, I can't bend my toes without it hurting, I'm wondering if its broken?

Possibly: You will need to see a podiatrist to have it checked and probably an xray. Its possible that you developed a stress fracture which would cause the symptoms you are mentioning. You would also have some swelling. ...Read more

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I had a crush foot injury 6 months ago with no diagnosed tears or breaks but I still can't bend my toes and my foot often gets pins and needles. Why?

I had a crush foot injury 6 months ago with no diagnosed tears or breaks but I still can't bend my toes and my foot often gets pins and needles. Why?

NERVE DAMAGE: Crushing injuries compress all the soft tissues into the underlying bone. Although, the bone may not be broken, the injured soft tissues can be damaged. Nerves are within this soft tissue envelope and can be so compressed. Over a long period of time they can heal. Healing ability is inversely related to the severity of injury. If he still can't bend your toes, get reevaluated. Consider mri. ...Read more

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Rolled my ankle in tall heels. There's a large bump under my ankle. Massive pain even slightly up my leg. Can't bend my toes and bear weight, what to do?

Rolled my ankle in tall heels. There's a large bump under my ankle. Massive pain even slightly up my leg. Can't bend my toes and bear weight, what to do?

Fractured: It is possible that you fractured the outside of your ankle and that could be the cause for the pain or you could have torn the ligaments supporting the outside of the ankle. You should be evaluated as soon as possible by and orthopedic surgeon. Most often this does not require surgery. ...Read more

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I can't bend my toe could it be small tissue damage?

I can't bend my toe could it be small tissue damage?

Something is wrong,,: Not sure what precisely you mean by small tissue damage. Usually, a problem with bone or can be related to issues with tendon. Which toe? ...Read more

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'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

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How to figure out why I can't bend my pinky toe?

How to figure out why I can't bend my pinky toe?

See foot doc: Let them xray and exam. A logical explanation will then be given to you. ...Read more

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I can't bend my cracked toe. Should I be worried?

I can't bend my cracked toe. Should I be worried?

It depends: It depends on what you mean by "cracked". Is the skin cracked or is the bone cracked? You may want to have it looked at either way. ...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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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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Turf toe keeps coming back and I keep making it worse and I can't even bend my toe. I'm in so much pain. What do I do? No treatments? Since it's a toe?

Turf toe keeps coming back and I keep making it worse and I can't even bend my toe. I'm in so much pain. What do I do? No treatments? Since it's a toe?

Formal evaluation: You should see a doctor. The great toe is very important for walking and treating the problem is needed. Don't discount it because it is " only a toe". ...Read more

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Why can't I bend my fractured toe after weeks?

See doc: For x-ray evaluation. Possibly didn't heal properly. If swollen can prevent bending as well. ...Read more

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Why can't I bend my fractured toe after it has recovered?

Why can't I bend my fractured toe after it has recovered?

Persistent swelling: On occasion toes remain swollen following a fracture. If this is your cause this will inhibit bending the toe. Another reason may be a torn flexsor tendon. My advise is go back to your podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I can't bend any of my toes on my right foot. When I move them they stay straight. What does that mean? Is that bad?

I can't bend any of my toes on my right foot. When I move them they stay straight. What does that mean? Is that bad?

Various causes: The problem could be with the joints of the toes, or disorder of the nerves or muscles of the foot. A podiatric specialty is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more

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I have a complete tear of my atf and partial of my ctf I been in a walking boot had a MRI done. I can't walk or bend my toes. Do I need surgery?

I have a complete tear of my atf and partial of my ctf I been in a walking boot had a MRI done. I can't walk or bend my toes. Do I need surgery?

Maybe: Not sure what your calling the atf and the ctf. If in fact a tendon is ruptured, you might want to consider having it surgically repaired. It will probably heal faster than just letting it heal on it's own. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of surgery versus a cast boot. ...Read more

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Hello, I can't bend one of my big toes upwards, occasionally there is pain when resting?

If you can't bend: Your great toe upwards, you may have a spur or arthritic changes at the joint, an X-ray would tell you that. Pain while resting may be secondary to a local problem at the joint or more proximal issue in your back... ...Read more

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I stubbed three of my toes 1 day ago and now I can't bend or move any of my toes, there all s walling and red. The swailing now was moved up to the top?

I stubbed three of my toes 1 day ago and now I can't bend or move any of my toes, there all s walling and red. The swailing now was moved up to the top?

Bruising & swelling?: Have an x-ray taken. Usually with a break, there is bleeding from the bone which leads to swelling and bruising to the toe and surrounding area. This is not always the case, but when I see this, I always take an x-ray to see. The fact that you can move your toes does not mean it can't be broken. Too much depends on the site and extent of the break to recommend treatmnent options. ...Read more

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My toe really has been in pmain for a few days and I can't bend it is it broken?

Toe pain: Very unlikely unless there was some trauma involved. If there was trauma then it certainly may be or your may have sprain the ligaments around the joint. ...Read more

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Why do I get pain when I bend my toes?

Why do I get pain when I bend my toes?

Need more informatio: Need to know if all the time, with shoes on or off. Could be several things. ...Read more

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My toes bend downwards when I stretch?

My toes bend downwards when I stretch?

Tendons.: You have several tendons in your feet that connect to your toes, and when you stretch, you tense muscles in your leg. This likely tugs on those tendons and pull your toes down. If you're concerned or experiencing pain, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How come I get pain when I bend my toes under?

Toe pain: Without seeing it its hard to tell but could be tendonitis, capsulitis, arthritis etc. Should see your podiatrist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why is it easier to bend forward than backward? Most people can touch their toes, but few can do a contortion backbend.

Why is it easier to bend forward than backward? Most people can touch their toes, but few can do a contortion backbend.

Look at the: VETEBRAE (Bones) in your spine The FACET JOINTS make the spine STABLE and allow only minimal EXTENSION (Bending backwards) Forward FEXION however is limited only by the MUSCLES on either SIDE of these VERTEBRAE.
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Dr Z ...Read more