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I woke up to a small painful lump/knot on the side of my second toe, near the joint. throughout the day the toe became more painful and began to swell?

I woke up to a small painful lump/knot on the side of my second toe, near the joint. throughout the day the toe became more painful and began to swell?

Night Moves..: It might be possible that you managed to traumatize you toe during your sleep. Not necessarily an acute, severely inflicted damage, but a more subtle low intensity type. To remove all doubt, within a day or two, have it evaluated by a specialist if it does not start resolving. ...Read more

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I just noticed a pea sized lump ontop of my left toe. Firm to touch. Not painful and I have never noticed it before. It is just after joint.

I just noticed a pea sized lump ontop of my left toe. Firm to touch. Not painful and I have never noticed it before. It is just after joint.

Anything: few possibilies it could be a wart or a cyst like sebacous cyst could be ganglion cyst unusual for the location but not impossible could be skin lesion could be soft tissue mass like lipoma again unusual for the location as you can see there is many possibilities if you are concern about it the only way to confirm what kind of lump it is for you to see a doctor that could evaluate good luck ...Read more

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Right toe is bent inwards touching my second toe, what feels like a pain full lump or spot under the skin at the side any suggestions please Painful?

Right toe is bent inwards touching my second toe, what feels like a pain full lump or spot under the skin at the side any suggestions please 
 Painful?

Drifting Toe.: Your description sounds like a consequence of a specific variant in "bunion" deformities. The drifting of the great toe, to the right, is being interfered with by the more stable second toe. This bumping together is causing an inflammatory pain. Most likely this is a result of genetics, foot type, shoes, socks and lifestyle. A foot specialist could offer some time tested treatment alternatives. ...Read more

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I've had a hard lump under my big toe just below the joint size of a pea for a month last 2 days very painful?

See a foot doc: Without seeing it hard to know if your referring to a callous or if you have a bonafide soft tissue misuse, if its the latter it may warrant a biopsy. ...Read more

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Joint @ base of my second toe on top of my foot(not the ball) is swollen. Started w/mild discomfort when I curled my toes. Now painful and swollen.

See Podiatrist: Any warmth, tenderness, red or purple coloration, or limited range of motion? Any trauma? Don't know your age or past history? A podiatrist is likely to be able to accurately diagnose the cause of these symptoms. ...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

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I have a painful lump between the toes on the toe next to my picky toe its right in the joint and hurts horribly what can I do im in my feet 12 hrs a?

I have a painful lump between the toes on the toe next to my picky toe its right in the joint and hurts horribly what can I do im in my feet 12 hrs a?

Sounds like: A corn, cyst or enleargement of bone. Try to cushion with toe separator or sponge /rubber. This will keep toes from rubbing against each other. Shoe that do not squeeze toes together will also be helpful. See podiatrist for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my second toe on top of the uppermost knuckle no pain. Should I have it looked at?

I have a lump on my second toe on top of the uppermost knuckle  no pain. Should I have it looked at?

Yes: Any lump should be examined. It may be something as simple as a corn, wart. Mucoid cyst etc. But, a lump is not normal and since we can't see it - have it checked out. It will give you peace of mind. A podiatrist would be a good doc to see for this. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my third finger n on my toe on the joints n it hurts. What can it be?

Could be arthritis: In general, arthritis is swelling in the joint and because you describe 2 sites where there is pain and the finger with a lump, it is possible that this may be a sign of arthritis. Get examined and the doctor will do a work-up which will include bloodwork and radiographs. If this is a condition like arthritis, you want to have it diagnosed early on. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the top uppermost joint on my 2 nd toe. Should i get it checked?

I have a lump on the top uppermost joint on my 2 nd toe. Should i get it checked?

Sure: Any unknown, new growth that you are not sure of what the cause is or what it is, should be evaluated to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a lump on the right toe joint. It's on top of the joint, should I get it checked out? It appeared suddenly, but I don't have any pain or problems concerning it. Also, what can it be?

If you in-CYST.: Suddenly appearing lumps, especially soft ones appearing on a joint , are usually cysts. Initially, they may not be painful or present any problems. If they get larger, their size may begin to affect the joints normal motion. If a nerve gets involved, there may be numbness or even pain. Give it a reasonable time to see if it gets bigger. If concerned, then have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Second toe has started being pushed towards other toes and has a hard lump at the knuckle it's only just gone like that what is it?

Second toe has started being pushed towards other toes and has a hard lump at the knuckle it's only just gone like that what is it?

Hammer toe: you need to see a foot doctor to assess your arch and stabilize your foot biomechanics to eliminate worsening of hammer toe. The lump you have is the callus from prude using bone that is getting friction with your shoe gear ...Read more

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Hi, I have a small (penny sized) lump on the top both my feet, underneath the start of the second toe. It feels mainly like hard skin. ?

Hi, I have a small (penny sized) lump on the top both my feet, underneath the start of the second toe. It feels mainly like hard skin. ?

Underneath=Callus: I believe you are referring the area under the foot at the base of the 2nd toe. This indeed sounds like a callus which is an accumulation of dead skin. This becomes hard and dense from the impact of weight bearing. This area under the 2nd toe is a fairly common location to get one. One gets this from being active and also shows there is some weight transfer to this area away from the big toe. ...Read more

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Second toe doesn't bend at joint nearest toenail. Gave me pain 6 months ago when i would jog on it, pain now only when i try to bend it. What is it?

Many possibilities: Possible cause of your pain may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My wife has a hard, dime size (maybe smaller) lump around the middle/back of her second toe. Painless and on the right foot. She's a yoga instructor.

To remove, or not.: I'm not quite sure if you are describing the undersurface or the top of the toe. Either way, these seemingly hard lumps most often involve soft tissue cysts such as synovial cysts. They can appear hard, because they are packed with a viscous jelly like fluid. There is the possibility that a boney enlargement is also involved and only an x-ray can verify that. Check with surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Yes I noticed that there is a lump or knot on my second toe on the back inside of the toe. Wondering what could be the problem or how it can be fixed?

Yes I noticed that there is a lump or knot on my second toe on the back inside of the toe. Wondering what could be the problem or how it can be fixed?

Need exam: There are a number of causes for a lump on the toe. Without examining the toe it's impossible to give advice. For this type of complaint you need to see a physician or podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump on fourth metatarsal joint. Base of fourth toe. It doesn't hurt.

I have a small hard lump on fourth metatarsal joint. Base of fourth toe. It doesn't hurt.

Have it checked out : Cancers do not have to be painful.......why not have it checked out? Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Big hard lump on top of foot numbness of big and second toe, hurts to touch above but not on lump do I wait it out or go to dr?

Big hard lump on top of foot numbness of big and second toe, hurts to touch above but not on lump do I wait it out or go to dr?

See foot doc: it sounds like you have an exostosis (bone spur) which is putting pressure on a local nerve causing the numbness. The recommendation likely will be to shave away the bump if my assessment is correct. ...Read more

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