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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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Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Possible mass: It is possible that you have a soft tissue mass over your big toe joint. If there is a history of trauma to the area, it could be a ganlionic cyst. An x-ray is needed to rule out any changes in the joint that could contribute to this condition. ...Read more

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Have bunion left foot, hammer toes, and a corn on second toe. How do I fix my feet?

Have bunion left foot, hammer toes, and a corn on second toe. How do I fix my feet?

Usually Surgery: These are structural deformities. Surgery is needed to correct the deformities. Symptoms can be improved with better shoes and supports. See your podiatrist to discuss the options and see what is best for your situation. Dr l. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a bunion to form on your second toe?

Is it possible for a bunion to form on your second toe?

No: A bunion involves the big toe complex. If it's the second toe, it's probably a hammertoe. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for pain due to bunion of big toe joint and also peroneal subluxation?

Bunion: The only 'remedy' for a bunion is to change shoe gear. Bracing is needed for peroneal subluxation and usually surgery. The only real relief for a bunion is surgery. See your treating physician for these and any other questions. ...Read more

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How long after bunion surgery before my toe joint is completely healed?

How long after bunion surgery before my toe joint is completely healed?

Depends: It depends on the procedure performed. Could be up to 1 year. ...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?

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?

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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Would my overlapping second toe and severe bunions cause me to have knee pain and leg numbness of the same leg? I have no pre existing leg issues.

Would my overlapping second toe and severe bunions cause me to have knee pain and leg numbness of the same leg? I have no pre existing leg issues.

Pain not related: The only way that your knee pain would be related to your bunion and/or hammertoe, is the fact that they are making you walk differently due them being painful themselves (bunion/hammertoe). Consider them being indirectly related. The numbness is totally a different issue. That could be something originating from your back. Consult a professional. ...Read more

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I'm 31 days post op. Bunion removal & pipj fusion of second toe, pin in second toe is a little loose & moves up/down turns sideways. Is this normal?

Not abnormal: It is not unusual for the pin, which is usually a "K-wire" to feel slightly loose. The "K-wire" is usually smooth and not threaded like a screw (though there are threaded K wires). As a result, it can feel loose. I encourage all post operative patients to seek the advice of the surgeon who performed the procedure (s). Your surgeon has the ability to evaluate your foot and the X-rays. ...Read more

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Intermittent s pain in big toe, red hard lump, no heat, swelling, shoes don't affect it, worse at evening, feels like circulation cut off, bunion or gout?

Intermittent s pain in big toe, red hard lump, no heat, swelling, shoes don't affect it, worse at evening, feels like circulation cut off, bunion or gout?

Could be either: A painful, swollen big toe joint that occurs from time to time is likely to be gout or other type of arthritis. A permanent bump that is more painful after wearing shoes all day is more likely to be a bunion. By your description, bunion is more likely. See an orthopedic foot doctor or podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Been having toe pain. I dance and run and have had bunions forever. It's become inflamed, red, and bruised slightly below the joint. Pressure hurts.?

Been having toe pain. I dance and run and have had bunions forever. It's become inflamed, red, and bruised slightly below the joint. Pressure hurts.?

Bunions can...: Become painful, inflamed (tender to touch)and worse w/ activity. Bunion 'pads' may be helpful temporarily. Consult w/ your parent (s) and see an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What prescription will the doctor probably give me for having bunion surgery for my dislocated joint in my foot?

Medication: I use post operative medication in the narcotic class for the first few days. I do not use nsaids until the surgical site is healed (not the bone) as these can mask cardinal signs of infection. Good luck. ...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'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?

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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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?

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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What can cause big toe pain in joint?

What can cause big toe pain in joint?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more

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I am experiencing big toe pain (quality: pain in joint) and toe inflammation. The following also describes me: Difficulty walking. What should I do?

I am experiencing big toe pain (quality: pain in joint) and toe inflammation. The following also describes me: Difficulty walking. What should I do?

Detailed history.: There are a whole lot of conditions that will cause big toe joint pain. Inflammation of the capsule, bone cartilage and tendons as well as a metabolic problem are all to be considered. Your age certainly limits some of the possibilities. Having the toe evaluated will immediately reduce the number possibilities. Further testing may be necessary to get to the immediate cause. ...Read more

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I have big toe pain at the second joint. Could I possibly receive a potential cause?

I have big toe pain at the second joint. Could I possibly receive a potential cause?

Joint pain: Joint pain can be caused by many things such as infections, fractures or trauma, arthritis, sprains/strains, or gout to name a few. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint). Possibly gout. However, uric acid levels are always in normal range. What else could it be?

Big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint). Possibly gout. However, uric acid levels are always in normal range. What else could it be?

Walks like a duck?: Don't be too anxious to discount possible gout. There is more to it than having a elevated uric acid. You need to look at the quality of your diet and life style, genetics, age, body type and degree of swelling, heat and pain. The time tested method of securing the diagnosis of gout is evaluation of the joint fluid. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing big toe pain (quality: warm to touch, pain in joint). The following also describe me: Joint swelling, Foot pain, Swollen foot, and Difficulty walking. What should I do?

Urgent care: Pain, swelling, and warmth point to an inflammatory cause rather than a mechanical cause such as osteoarthrosis or ill-fitting shoes. Gout is high on the list of diagnoses but unusual at age 21. What concerns me are the possibilities of infection or fracture. I would seek help urgently through your primary care physician or urgent care. ...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 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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Yes just noticed that there is a hard lump on inside back of my second toe on my left foot. It is by the knuckle. What could it be & how to fix it?

Yes just noticed that there is a hard lump on inside back of my second toe on my left foot. It is by the knuckle. What could it be & how to fix it?

Soft Corn: This is the effect of narrow footwear on a bony excrescence on the toe. A soft spacer might help and wider shoes would help. Podiatrists and a some orthopedists will grind or bite of the offending bone. I would of for the spacer an better fitting shoes. ...Read more

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The second joint on my second toe hurts so bad when it's touched. It doesn't look red or swollen but cant bend all the way. Run regularly but no trauma.

Painful toe: Joggers sometimes get 'stress' fractures (though they are relatively longer bones of the foot). Get an X-ray. Other possibility includes tendinitis. If X-ray shows no fracture, try anti inflammatory medicine (600-800 mg Ibuprofen 3 times a ay with food) for a few days. If response is not satisfactory, see your physician. ...Read more

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What cause bump on top of big toe not bunion?

A bone spur from the: Joint due to the arthritis at the base of the big toe. ...Read more

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My big toe is turning in towards the 2nd toe but there is no bump on the side or pain. Is this a bunion?

My big toe is turning in towards the 2nd toe but there is no bump on the side or pain. Is this a bunion?

Hallux valgus: The term for the big toe leaning toward the second is hallux valgus. While this is often accompanied by a boney prominence on the inner aspect of the joint (bunion), it isn't mandatory. Early treatment can include splinting of the toe or orthotics. If pain arises, surgery is often recommended. ...Read more

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So on the outer nuckle of my big toe, I have a large bump called a bunion. What is the fastest way to remove it?

Surgery: The only cure for a bunion is to surgically correct the bone deformity. Pads, splints, orthotic, injection, oral meds and various shoes can help relieve pain associated with the bunion but do not cure it. ...Read more

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About the bump on side of the toe, it isn't on the side of the foot like a bunion, it's actually on the toe?

Toe Bump.: There are only so many things it can possibly be. First of all, it is either involves soft tissue, bone or both. Soft tissue bumps could be things like bursa, synovial cyst or similar structures. Bone bump could be enlargement of the base of the distal toe bone, or enlargement of the head of the proximal toe bone. The whole bump structure could be as a result of arthritis secondary to trauma. ...Read more

Big Toe Pain (Definition)

A description of a discomforting feeling in or around the area of the big or great toe. This pain may sometimes be accompanied with swelling, redness or ...Read more


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