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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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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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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?

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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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.

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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I have been having a sharp pain in my second toe on my right foot. It consitant and came on suddenly. When touched or in shoes it hurts more. Seems to ach when laying down. Looks swollen. Pain in tip of toe and joint pain under nail. Numb foot?

I have been having a sharp pain in my second toe on my right foot. It consitant and came on suddenly. When touched or in shoes it hurts more. Seems to ach when laying down. Looks swollen. Pain in tip of toe and joint pain under nail. Numb foot?

Toe pain: These are signs of inflammation or injury. If there's no history of trauma or abnormal pressure on the toe from tight footwear, inflammation from gout, other forms of arthritis, ingrown toenail or infection are possibilities. A podiatrist would be best to evaluate, advise and treat you. In the meantime administer warm water soaks until examined. ...Read more

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Joint at bottom of big toe enlarged and painful?

Arthritis: Actually it could be a number of different things but if it has all of a sudden become red, hot, swollen, and painful it may be gout. If it has been developing over many years then it is likely something called "hallux limitus" or "hallux rigidus" which is basically an arthritic process of the big toe joint that over time causes limitation of motion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What would cause my daughter's second toe to be red, swollen, painful?

What would cause my daughter's second toe to be red, swollen, painful?

Depends: What age is your daughter? It could be juvenile ra. It could be something as simple as an ingrown toenail (paronychia). See your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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Daughter's second toe red, painful to touch, and swollen. What should we do?

See foot specialist: This is not normal. Could be an ingrown toenail. Could be an infection. Could be a foreign body in there. Suggest see a foot specialist. ...Read more

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I walked for a long time, and suddenly my joint of the big toe feels painful. Why?

Stop the walk talk.: Walked for a long time, I assume means, recently walked. You have over stress the toe, The tissues around the toe have been injured and now need time to recover. The pain is probably temporary and will go away with rest and time. I doubt that it is injured to the point of fracturing, but an x-ray might be appropriate, if there is swelling associated with the pain. ...Read more

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My does my second toe seem to suddenly become painful and pull down and away from the other toes on occasions. Will happen for no reason?

See a podiatrist: This might be due to tendinitis, arthritis, prior injury, neuroma, capsulitis among other causes. X-rays might be helpful, and getting a good diagnosis is the first step in answering your question. ...Read more

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I have pain in second toe when walking and it hurts on top of my foot, and painful to bear weight on foot?

I have pain in second toe when walking and it hurts on top of my foot, and painful to bear weight on foot?

Immobilization: Most likely you have an inflammatory process of the 2nd toe joint.
I would recommend stiff sole shoes, and advil (ibuprofen) for couple of weeks and if doesn't resolve, you should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My second toe on my left foot has been swollen and red for the last week. It hurts to the touch and is painful to just leave it be.

See a podiatrist.: Redness and swelling could be from trauma or fracture (did you stub it?), from painful arthritic conditions like gout, or from an infection. See your podiatrist to narrow down your possibilities and discuss individualized treatment. ...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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Hi, I have a a nerve that is inflamed just above the joint of the big toe and the foot. It's very painful and reddish? What can I do to ease the pain.

Hi, I have a a nerve that is inflamed just above the joint of the big toe and the foot. It's very painful and reddish? What can I do to ease the pain.

Couple of things: Soak in epsom salt & warm water to ease the swelling. Take aleve (naproxen).

It sounds like you have gout.
You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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A few months ago my left second toe hurt mildly. Noticed that it's bigger/hard/ painful in the area right under the nail? Scared of cancer, am 18 y/o.

Toe pain: Cancer underneath the toenail is highly unlikely. Do you see any mass or darker areas? Is your nail growing like it should? You may also have an ingrown toenail if it is on the side and red, painful. See your MD for further help. Again, chances that it is cancer is unlikely. ...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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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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On my left foot, my toe joint gets really painful. Sometimes red. What could this be? What can I do to make it better?

On my left foot, my toe joint gets really painful. Sometimes red. What could this be? What can I do to make it better?

It depends: Which toe joint and it still could be anything from a hammer toe to a hallux rigidis deformity. Best bet is to see a foot doc and they can tell you what it is and what the treatment options are. ...Read more

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I have a bony knot that has appeared over the past year on the 2nd joint of my 2nd toe, left foot. Not painful at all but seems to be growing slowly?

I have a bony knot that has appeared over the past year on the 2nd joint of my 2nd toe, left foot. Not painful at all but seems to be growing slowly?

See a foot doc: Have an xray and hear out your treatment options. It sounds like a possible exostosis, node, or hammertoe. ...Read more

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When the weather is cold my muscles and joints become painful. Also my fingers/toes get puffy/stiff. Could there be something wrong with me?

When the weather is cold my muscles and joints become painful. Also my fingers/toes get puffy/stiff. Could there be something wrong with me?

Arthritis: Is one POSSIBILITY. Please see your doc for proper diagnosis. Warming foods, hot and spicy, can be helpful from a nutritional point of view. Peace and good health. ...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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