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What can cause stabbing sharp pain in foot sole and toes?

What can cause stabbing sharp pain in foot sole and toes?

Possibilities: Plantar fasciitis with nerve impingementor tarsal tunnel are most likely causes. Try more supportive shoes, stretching and ice/heat. If persistent, see podiatrist. ...Read more

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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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My left foot toes have sharp stabbing pain and they occur every five minutes, but only for a few seconds, what may be the cause?

My left foot toes have sharp stabbing pain and they occur every five minutes,  but only for a few seconds,  what may be the cause?

Painful left toes: How long have you had these symptoms? Any h/o diabetes, trauma to your left lower limb, back symptoms associated with toes pain? A test, "EMG & NCS" looks at how your nerves and muscles of your left leg function from the spine to the toes. This non invasive test can usually provide more insight into why you have the localized nerve type symptoms. Good tx (not narcs) exists for this type of pain. ...Read more

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For 2 days I have had sharp pain - left( ball of foot?) large pad behind big toe. No visible swelling . Painful walk/stand. What possible causes?

Rule out Gout: You will need to rule out the possibility of gouty arthritis - it typically appears suddenly in a big toe (classic presentation), although it is usually accompanied by some form of swelling, redness or other discoloration. ...Read more

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Yesterday I got a sharp pain on my left foot toe. Happened a few times. Really hurt. What was it? 

Yesterday I got a sharp pain on my left foot toe. Happened a few times. Really hurt. What was it? 

See a podiatrist: I would suggest that a doctor of podiatric medicine would be a better choice for evaluation of your problem than an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Podiatrists evaluate and treat all manner of foot and ankle problems that don't necessarily involve orthopedic (bone and joint) problems. These include skin and nail problems, nerve and circulatory problems as well. ...Read more

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Sharp pain right toe when I point my foot and stretch ?

Sharp pain right toe when I point my foot and stretch ?

Need more informatio: Unfortunately you have not indicated which toe it is or if it when you stretch all your toes. The pain may be simply from overstretching the toe. ...Read more

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2nd toe One foot Sudden sharp pain Lasts a few seconds No signs before or after Can move & touch it w/ no pain Occurs randomly Becoming more frequent?

2nd toe One foot Sudden sharp pain Lasts a few seconds No signs before or after Can move & touch it w/ no pain Occurs randomly Becoming more frequent?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities and an exam could usually give a good idea about the cause. On possibility is a Morton's neuroma which can form between the toes and cause a shooting pain into the toe, there are any other possibilities as well. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in the tip of my second toe when pressure is applied to it. I don't have pain anywhere else in my feet.

I have a sharp pain in the tip of my second toe when pressure is applied to it. I don't have pain anywhere else in my feet.

Consult podiatrist: the second toe is often the 'lead dog' in your walking foot, and thus takes more potentially damaging pressure. There are many physiological causes of pain...abnormal nerve pressure, joint lining inflammation, etc. Try padding, or a change of shoes, or off the shelf orthotic supports, and consult a podiatrist if the problem continues. ...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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