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Sharp shooting toe pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by lowiness, May 9, 2010.

  1. Unregistered

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    I am experiencing the same sharp shooting pain to the first 3 toes of my right foot, mostly to the bottom part. It happens off and on, any where, and only last for a short while. This morning it happened in the car while I was driving home from work. I am a RN, and have no idea what this is. I am in my early 40,s, no major health problems, average height & weight. I have thought of early signs of peripheral neuropathy or fibromyalgia, but why...? Still these symptoms are very unusual. I have yet to visit my doctor.
     
  2. I've had extreme toe (all 10) pain for 35 years. It all started when I developed Menincoccal Meningitis with complications of DIC 35 years ago. My toes all turned completely coal black and I had painful quarter-sized coal black indentations in both legs. I was in the hospital for over 6 months.
    Now, 35 years later I have zero leg pain but my toes hurt frequently. A female, I can tolerate only ONE pair of shoes (flats, ballet style) that allow me to wear shoes 1 & 1/2 sizes too large...thereby reducing contact with my toe area.
    But now retired, I love to dance and am DETERMINED not to let this severe toe pain interfere. I currently take 11 dance classes (jazz & tap) a week.
    My dance troup dances competitively and the only time the pain is TRULY EXCRUCIATING is when I MUST wear 2 inch heels in our performances. Sometimes I feel like I'm going to pass out from the pain...but if I want to dance, I have to try to ignore the pain. I learned years ago that "No one cares about my pain. Do the job or quit." It's that simple.
    I take no painkillers because these dances are tough...and I need all my possible concentration to do them.
    Has anyone heard of anyone who had toes surgery or treatment that relieved the extreme pain (that has nothing to do with diabetes?
     
  3. Unregistered

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    I have the same problem and yes it is caused by nerves in your back, try getting decompression for your back as it takes the pressure off the disks and reduce the pain.
     
  4. jan

    jan Guest

    sharp pain in the 4th t0e on the left foot
     
  5. Alex

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    Very interesting, i went online to see if there is some kind of explanation. Seems no one knows, but there are a lot of suffers. I can tolerate pain, I've broken my leg, cracked the back of my head by falling down stairs, gotten hamstrings multiple times to the point of tearing, but this toe thing is killing me. Its the only thing that makes me scream in pain. It happened while I was watching a movie, and I whimpered and growled because it was such an extreme pain, I left and did not continue the movie because I was afraid it will happen again. It comes hard, then disappears for sometimes an hour or two. Then one day it vanishes for months, only to return with the same vicious pain. It's hard to describe to someone that never experienced it, but everyone here seems to know what I'm talking about.

    If any doctor has a clue, even advice will be helpful.
     
  6. Unregistered

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    This has been happening to me recently as well!
    It all started when I wore a new pair of dress shoes about 5 weeks ago and wore them on one trip. I haven't worn them since, but the symptoms still linger.
    I feel it's got to be some sort of nerve or something that has been irritated.
     
  7. Unregistered

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    I cant believe so many people have toe pain. My three middle toes of my left foot had sharp unbearable pain. I assumed it was caused by nerve endings. I think it might be because I have a little sciatic nerve problem in my left leg. But the good news! I put extremely high arch support in my shoes and the pain never came back.
     
  8. Unregistered

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    I get exactly this... Left foot, 2nd toe (after big toe) shooting pain which feels like I stubbed my toe. Very painful. Shoots straight down the bone/ tendon.
    it seems so many people have the same issues.. whats wrong with our toes? has anyone found a reason?
     
  9. Unregistered

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    I had a sharp shooting toe pain last night just as I was falling into a deep sleep. It caused me to jump up to see what the heck happened to me. I woke up and sat up in bed feeling very confused... this was weird.

    Now that I've read most of the posts here, I can see that it could very well be nerve damage...but that's just in my case. I have a ruptured lumbar disk and it's been slowly getting worse as the years move along. I'm just hoping this like everything else caused by damaged disks, becomes something I can live with...so that life can go on in spite of it.
     
  10. Unregistered

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    I have the same shooting pains in my toes. Been and have orthotics and shots of cortisone for neroma. I aksed the ortho if he was absolutely sure I didn't have gout , he said no - but did not do that uric test just x-rays. Go to Wallmart for $9.00 you can get a A1C (3 month check to see how your blood sugar averages out) - mine was normal 5.5 good luck with the pain - I'm still trying to figure it out.
     
  11. robertharris750

    robertharris750 New Member

    It could be nerve damage or due to improper blood circulation. Do some exercises for foot and ankle regularly and take medication. If the pain continues to bother you then you should contact a podiatrist
     
  12. caribbrz

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    This is the first day I have had these pains in my toes as well. My pain is in the 3 toes next to my big toe on my left foot. After the shooting pain went away, it feels like my toes are numb. No tingling just plain numb. I am concerned this is a nerve issue as I have had back surgery on my L4/5 S1 areas. In looking at the dermatome map...the nerves in the toes that are affected stem from the same area I had back surgery. I fear either a progression of my back disease or this may be caused by scar tissue buildup, My guess is that a nerve conduction study needs to be done which in itself is so painful.
     
  13. Unregistered

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    just wondering how many of you, like me, spend most of the day sitting at a desk and laying in bed? it may be wise to rest your feet up on a wall and allow fresh blood to enter the feet.
     
  14. Unregistered

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    I share these same syptoms and pain. The best thing that I have been able to come up with so far is the possibility of bone spurrs forming on or around my lower lumbar. My osteoarthritis might be connected to this as well. I herniated one of my discs in January of 2008. All of this was confirmed a year later via MRI. As for the insane toe pain, this only has started a couple months ago for a few days and just recently showed up again. I am scheduling a doctor visit soon and will be happy to post any updates if I learn anything useful.
     
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    As I am reading thru all of these comments, I am puzzled by some of the flippant remarks of others who are quick to diagnose another's cause of pain & offer rather silly suggestions for relief. Obviously the pain is real for these people & everyone will have different medical histories & accompanying medical issues that need to be considered. I started experiencing excruciating left foot pain while asleep 10 years ago; it happened every night & usually lasted 45 minutes. It would leave me exhausted & every nerve in my body felt fried. It lasted a few years as it also would happen in the day; while driving, I would have to pull over to the side of the road. I was already experiencing sharp shooting pains in both of my eyes, every few seconds of the day, before this started happening. Needless to say, I was run thru the gamut at Mayo looking for MS. The foot pain stopped, but my body continued to develop other bizarre issues over the years that have challenged my coping skills & warranted a number of return trips to Mayo. Last December my left foot said "Hi! remember me?" as I was preparing dinner one evening, and I hit the floor screaming. I'm already taking massive nerve pain medication (horse anesthesia) for my other issues & now this comes back despite the medications I take. The pain has morphed into the three middle toes, as others have commented on, and I am intrigued by someone's comment that he/she had surgery at the L4/5 S1 area & suffered nerve damage, which might explain their toe pain. From 1974 to 76 I had to have 3 surgeries for two crushed discs, the last was a fusion with bone from my left hip. I, too, suffered severe nerve damage at the time, and lately it has been trying to come back after so long ago. I guess it is something for me to bring up. Not that I am suggesting to anyone, but I haven't seen anyone mention the medication Lyrica. It is frequently used for diabetic neuropathy. My neurologist tried it with me at one point; my severe eye pain improved for the first time back in 2006. However, after a few months I was unable to stay awake and it made the pains in my eyes worsen. Nothing had made them stop.
     
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    I have had the electric like pain in my left foot the pain is in either the small toe over to the third toe, it's very hard to locate the exact toe but it seems to be the second from the left. I had it once prior (within the past 12 months) went away until last night and it woke me around 1:00 am and I never slept the rest of the night. My symptoms are, a sharp pain (not excruciating but enough to prevent sleep) that last for maybe 3 seconds and then between 40-50 seconds another one occurs for another 3 seconds. B-12 deficiency was mentioned but I am sure that is not my issue as I am and have been a on sub lingual dose of 1,000 mlg per day for the past four or more years. So far today the only way I seem to get any relief is to put a freezer pack directly on the area. Has not stopped the pain but there is some comfort derived.
     
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    This helped me immensely! Turned out to be my problem, and although I know this post was made a while back, I hope others try it. I was in the process of making a podiatrist appt., no insurance, minimum $200 for the evaluation when I decided to google, and read this. Thank you!!
     
  18. robertharris750

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    Thanks for the reply on toe pain. This remedies will surely help someone who has callous problem but is not severe. While practicing this exercise you should be careful that you don hurt yourself. Observe the changes in the skin and keep it dry
     
  19. Unregistered

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    Mik I also have these sharp shooting pains,these pains are very intense every time it occurs.I am not very sure whats happening, so I think I will seek my doctors help.I cant go on no longer in this much pain.
     
  20. 84and88

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    About 5 years ago I injured the second to last toe on my right foot. I think I broke it, but it was never treated by a doctor. Now on occasion, when I take a step, I get a sudden sharp pain that makes me scream and nearly fall down. However, it goes away immediately by keeping weight off it for a few minutes. I am 47, fit, and have no other health issues whatsoever. I am wondering if this pain is the result of a mis-healed fracture. Any thoughts appreciated.
     
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