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Sharp pain in big toe? A nerve problem or a joint problem?

Sharp pain in big toe? A nerve problem or a joint problem?

Either: You need to see apodiatrist for a work up to determine the problem. ...Read more

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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The outside of my big toes hurt after running. No joint problems, etc. Would wider shoes help this? I do not have wide feet

The outside of my big toes hurt after running. No joint problems, etc. Would wider shoes help this? I do not have wide feet

Possibly: It is possible that the front of your shoe is too narrow for your forfeit and that may cause the symptoms you are describing. One way to check this is to trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper and then lay your shoe over it and compare the widths. Pronation of the foot can also cause similar symptoms and there are "antipronation" running shoes as well. Consider being seen. ...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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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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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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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

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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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I have a sharp pain on the tip of my big toe. Went to podiatrists and he cauterized it. Said may be overgrown skin. It has been 5 days and still hurts?

I have a sharp pain on the tip of my big toe. Went to podiatrists and he cauterized it. Said may be overgrown skin. It has been 5 days and still hurts?

Granuloma Pyogrnicum: Sounds like you may not have the complete picture. Exuberant granulation is caused by chronic foreign body tissue reaction whereby chemotaxis of inflammatory infiltrate and leukocyte cells macrophages etc cause angioneogenesis in an attempt to encircle an ingrowing nail or thorn or other material. This in turns forms excess tissue growth which may in turn epithelialize when rejected foreign body. ...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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Complains of a sharp pain that comes and goes in toe next to big toe as well as strange taste in mouth.

Complains of a sharp pain that comes and goes in toe next to big toe as well as strange taste in mouth.

Xray foot: Doot and tast might not be related issue. What type of medications your in that might be effecting you taste. For your foot get an xray and see your foot doctor ...Read more

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