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Doctor insights on: Sharp Pain In Big Toe A Nerve Problem Or A Joint Problem

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Woke up to 4th toe on left foot and big toe on right foot numb. Have either SI joint problem or pirifomis could this be related? No leg pain at the time

Woke up to 4th toe on left foot and big toe on right foot numb. Have either SI joint problem or pirifomis could this be related? No leg pain at the time

Could be: The nerves that go to those areas originate in the lower back. It is a bit odd that it is on both legs and in different dermatomes but injuring two parts of your lower back would explain that. Read more

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For over 2 months when bending big toe sharp pain above PIP joint area, not in the joint. Numb to the right of pain down to big toe mound. What is it?

For over 2 months when bending big toe sharp pain above PIP joint area, not in the joint. Numb to the right of pain down to big toe mound. What is it?

A tendon: It seems that you re not feeling pain in the joint, but The Extensor hallucis Longus tendon might be the source. It may have been strained causing some inflammation. Just recently saw a couple of these. The joint may need some range of motion exercises to get that tendon to stretch. It is for some reason, unable to go the distance with flexion of that toe. Read more

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Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? Sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? Sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

SI jnt pain not calf: SI joint pain refers to low back primarily, but can radiate to upper buttock, posterior, lateral, thigh, and occasionally to groin. Calf pain is not related to SI dysfunction. Visit a PMR doctor or orthopedist for an evaluation to determine the cause of your pain, and start a treatment program Read more

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Sharp pain in the right foot in the joint where small toe connects to the foot. X-ray shows something sticking out of the bone side view only?

Sharp pain in the right foot in the joint where small toe connects to the foot. X-ray shows something sticking out of the bone side view only?

Tailors bunion: Bone spur or tailors bunion deformity. The shoe rubs on the skin and the skin rubs on the spur causing the pain. As we age the bone or knuckle gets bigger. Wider shoes can help or surgery to remove the spur can help. See your local podiatrist Read more

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Just started Caziant three days ago. Today, I have sharp pain in buttock/joint and numbness/tingling in calf/foot. Concerned about blood clot. Risk?

Just started Caziant three days ago. Today, I have sharp pain in buttock/joint and numbness/tingling in calf/foot. Concerned about blood clot. Risk?

Stop..: Stop the birth control pill and get seen as soon as possible (if possible go to the ED). It is not possible with this limited information and from this platform t figure out what is the possibility this is actually a blood clot. This requires more history and a direct exam. 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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The joint under my big toe and my big toe hurt all the time, what can I do to address this problem?

The joint under my big toe and my big toe hurt all the time, what can I do to address this problem?

See Podiatrist: Several possiblities. Among them, bursitis, fracture, arthrithic condition or infection come to mind. A podiatrist will examine and x-ray and provide diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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I have problems with my legs. I'm very young and I'm feeling excruciating pain in my legs. I have pain in my knees, shins, heel (anterior and posterior), and my feet (toe joint next to my big toe joint and the tendon that connects my pinky toe on top of t

It's: It's always a challenge trying to give specific answers without the benefit of an examination or the ability to ask you specific questions. That being said, the fact that you can run probably excludes any vascular issue like poor circulation (which is unlikely in a younger person). Knowing you have flat feet, and given the widespread involvement that is limited to only your lower extremities, the first thing I would investigate is a biomechanical cause for your symptoms. If your foot structure is such that it's causing your leg muscles to overwork in an effort to compensate for the structural issues, that most certainly can cause all sorts of muscle fatigue, heel pain, shin splints, low-grade tendonitis, etc. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist and get a biomechanical examination. Orthotics, either a good over-the-counter kind, or a custom molded pair will improve your symptoms dramatically. Also, needless to say, make sure you take enough time to stretch before and after each run. Good luck. Hope this helps. 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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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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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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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?

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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