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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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What are some causes for sharp pain in left big toe?

What are some causes for sharp pain in left big toe?

Big toe pain: There is a multitude of causes for pain to the great toe. Gout, bumping the area can cause pain without with out fracture. Arthritis (many types) wounds or ulcerations with of with out infection. Your local podiatrist can find and treat your big toe pain. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sharp pain in left big toe? I usually wear flats most of the time.

What is the cause of sharp pain in left big toe?  I usually wear flats most of the time.

It could be...: Countless different things. Please provide more detail as to the location of pain and if there is anything that looks abnormal about the toe and surrounding area. Any injury? ...Read more

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What could be causing the sharp pain in my big toe?

What could be causing the sharp pain in my big toe?

A few things: Sharp pains in the toes can be due to arthritis, nerve irritation, injury, poor fitting shoes among many other things. You may need to see a podiatrist and get x-rays to narrow down the possibilities and start treatment. ...Read more

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For 2 days I have had sharp pain - left( ball of foot?) large pad behind big toe. No visible swelling . Painful walk/stand. What possible causes?

For 2 days I have had sharp pain - left( ball of foot?)   large pad behind big toe. No visible swelling .  Painful walk/stand. What possible causes?

Rule out Gout: You will need to rule out the possibility of gouty arthritis - it typically appears suddenly in a big toe (classic presentation), although it is usually accompanied by some form of swelling, redness or other discoloration. ...Read more

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I often lightning pain in the big toe on my left foot. A sharp pain that disappears in seconds, like a knife. It has to do with the spine?

I often lightning pain in the big toe on my left foot. A sharp pain that disappears in seconds, like a knife. It has to do with the spine?

Big toe nerve pain: The foot gets innervated by different nerves that originate from the spine. The top of the foot is innervated by L5 and the sides of the foot is innervated by the calcaneal nerves, the peroneal nerves and S1/S2. There is the deep peroneal nerve in the first interspace that can get injured and can cause sharp intermittent pain. ...Read more

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Sharp pain from my big toe shooting up to my back happens occasionally, what can it be?

Sharp pain from my big toe shooting up to my back happens occasionally,  what can it be?

Nerve impingement: Something is irritating the nerve travelling to this area. Often it is a bunion bump that is rubbing against the shoe. There is a small nerve that is right under the skin and goes on into the big toe. See a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis and care. ...Read more

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Why is my big toe numb and having a sharp pain all of a sudden?

Needs examination: Several things could cause this to mention a few: bunion, sesamoiditis, fracture, shoewear/activity. Need to see a podiatrist for eval and xrays to prevent long term damage. ...Read more

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Why am i feeling a sharp pain in my big toe (bringing me to tears) every time i straighten my ankle?

Why am i feeling a sharp pain in my big toe (bringing me to tears) every time i straighten my ankle?

Eval.: To obtain an accurate answer would require assessment by either a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon. Assessment would include history, physical examination and appropriate radiographic studies. ...Read more

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When I took a step the other day a sharp pain shot through my big toe, the right half/top of my toe has been numb since. is this bad/ can it b fixed?

When I took a step the other day a  sharp pain shot through my big toe, the right half/top of my toe has been numb since. is this bad/ can it b fixed?

Depends: It depends on the specific cause and it may in all likelihood do we with nonsurgical care. It may represent tarsal tunnel syndrome, although there are other possibilities as well. I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Sharp pain right foot big toe when I point and stretch. Also when I touch nerve on top right of foot I feel same sharp pain. No injuries to foot?

Sharp pain right foot big toe when I point and stretch. Also when I touch nerve on top right of foot I feel same sharp pain.
No injuries to foot?

Neuroma: It sounds like a neuroma or impingement of the medial dorsal cutaneous nerve. See a podiatrist and they can do tests to confirm and follow with treatments such as oral/topical meds, injections, pt and lastly surgical option. If this is new, make sure you are not using a new shoe that may be compressing the area and causing the issue. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on my big toe, in the corner where the nail is,it only hurts when pressure is placed on it.Was just wondering what it could be..?

Pushing too hard..: It sounds like you have a sharp area of nail, known as a nail spicule, causing sharp pain when pushed on. Stop pushing on it and have it evaluated if the condition escalates. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple trimming of the spicule. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in big toe for the last 2 weeks. Some swelling. No other physical symptoms. Cold makes it worse. Not moving it makes it worse. Please help.

Sharp pain in big toe for the last 2 weeks. Some swelling. No other physical symptoms. Cold makes it worse. Not moving it makes it worse. Please help.

Have you had a : Pedicure recently? Is the swelling near the nail? You may have a mild infection. "Not moving it, makes it worse" is puzzling. Can you tell us anything more? ...Read more

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Very sharp pain when pointing my right big toe. Same (sharp shock) type pain when touching 1st metatarsal or highest boney area on top of foot?

Neurogenic pain.: Sharp, shocky type pain located in and around the toes are almost always due to a nerve being irritated. The goal is to identify the exact location of the irritation and eliminate it. The cause could be underlying bone or cyst causing irritation to the nerve and the irritation has reached the point that pain is caused for protection. Seeing a specialist is the first step toward relief. ...Read more

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I woke up to my left big toe hurting. It seems like it is hurting from the base/center and that it is a constant sharp pain. I am a college student?

I woke up to my left big toe hurting. It seems like it is hurting from the base/center and that it is a constant sharp pain. I am a college student?

Toe pain: Is it discolored,swollen,tender to touch.have altered sensation?Try ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) for relief;if severe then seek an evaluation.See a doc at some juncture as blood testing may be in order. ...Read more