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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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    Me, too! Not often but this time it's the left little toe, zapping me every minute or so for past -12 hours. OUCH, I shout! Been diagnosed apparently non diabetic (though I drank for decades) neuropathy NORMALLY causing numbness in both feet equal in area to an ankle sock. Am male, 66 and overweight with left hip replaced. No known treatment says Kaiser -- or is it Fuhrer? Pray it goes soon.
  2. Unregistered

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    Hi Guys,

    To everyone on this forum, I have your answer and no I am not a reflexologist selling wears or promiting. The issues you are all describing is nerve pain referred by somewhere else in the body. We all think of the body as individual systems that interlock not integral or integrated systems that rely upon one another, there is a difference. Go to a docs and he will often prescribe for the symptoms you present with i.e. I have back pain, they treat the back pain. All patients lie, now that may sound harsh but often we dont link symptoms and then google for answers, google cant equate 12 symptoms you dont present with no more than a doctor can. You may feel a little sick, more tired than normal, slight headache and bad breathe, none of that is relevant to the pain in your foot, errrrrrrr YES IT IS you are not a doctor, you need to think about all symptoms and stressors including, environmental factors, diet, job, family, etc. A migraine could in theory give you foot pain or vice versa. I had exactly the same pain you have all described, being into what I am, which is Yoga, Tai Chi etc I think of the body as 1 unit, I felt the issue was not in my foot but thats where the pain was. I know an excellent reflexologist and knowing they map the body through the foot thought I would give them a try to see what they could find, they correctly ID'ed loads of issues in my body that they had no fore knowledge of and after just 3 sessions the pain had gone because it was nothing to do with my toes just where I was feeling the pain. So why doesnt a doc reference you to a foot specialist or reflexologist? why would they? you have foot pain with no other symptoms........?? Anyway I could be talking complete crap and you could waste £40 or $50 on a treatment and hell why should you pay thats what health insurance is for or the NHS, errrr no, if you are in that much pain and pain lets face it is debilitating it is worth the investment EVEN if just to rule other stuf out so you can go back to the docs with what it ISNT which is just as relevant as what it is. Anyway up to you guys, it worked for me :)

  3. Catfish399

    Catfish399 Guest

    Looks to me like many may be from gout. The following is from Mayo Clinic web site.

    Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

    Gout — a complex form of arthritis — can affect anyone. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause.

    An acute attack of gout can wake you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable.

    Fortunately, gout is treatable, and there are ways to reduce the risk that gout will recur.
  4. WhiteStone

    WhiteStone Guest

    solved one of my foot issues (toe pain)

    This may not be the reason for everybody's pain but it is for mine.

    Background, 70 year old, female. Very active in garden and yard.

    Wear lots of open toed shoes, especially a pair of pink rubber Crocs. Hate to wear shoes inside the house.

    Issue 1 - Over a year ago I began having sharp pain in the tips of my 3 outside (from little toe inwards) toes. I thought it was caused by pressure on the tops of the toenails. Never could nail down the cause.

    Issue 2 - Recently, twisted my right foot badly while wearing slip-on shoes and stepping on a root and rotating my foot inside the shoe. Thought it was broken, got e-rays, they said no break. Small knot-like lumps have come up on the bottom of my foot. The foot Dr. says he can not feel the bump. I can easily feel it but he does not listen to me when I tell him where it is & how to feel it. It is very painful to touch so I don't allow him to try any longer as he mashes on it. (No love lost there) Recently had an MRI done on the foot but have not received the results.

    Yesterday I resolved to get a good look at the toes. This is something not easy for an old woman but I got my foot pulled up close and put my glasses on, lit a bright light and studies my toes. Voila! I saw a tiny split in the skin on the tip of my toe. Like a paper cut. The skin on the tips of my toes is hardened, not real bad but enough that it disguised the split. Walk around outside and get sand and dirt on it from the open toed shoes and there is my pain. I will slather the toes with vaseline and keep them socked until the skin heals.

    Hope this helps someone else.

    North Central Florida
  5. Two weeks ago I started getting very sharp pain, middle toe on left foot. It's awful. I need to sit down and rub it, it doesn't hurt when I press on it. But the pain is getting to be more often and pain longer ,I'm going to try soaking my left foot in Epson salts and warm water,hoping this helps.
  6. White Stone

    White Stone Guest

    Got the sharp pain in end of toe diagnosed - Neuropathy

    Not to be confused with Diabetic Neuropathy, this Neuropathy is due to old age. Joy, another wonderful thing to mark my gradual disintegration. At first I was worried I would have to limit my carbs but at least that is not the case. Dr. said more than likely it is fragile blood vessels. Prescribed Lyrica, not sure if it works, or not. Time will tell.

    Thought I'd pass it along.

    The other pains I have are from Plantar Fibroma More info on this here

    No known cure for that.

    White Stone
  7. Unregistered

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    Cannot believe so many having the same issue. I am 66 and about 3 months ago my left big toe felt like a knife went through it for a few seconds then gone. this happened a few times within a month and now it is happening to my right toe. I want to add before the sharp pain I had a few times while not wearing shoes that I felt like a string was attached to my toe. I know that sounds strange but when I searched the net I found many others with the same symptom. I have recently been diagnosed with a hypo thyroid condition and am on High Blood pressure meds. I do take B12 so that is not the answer. Hope we find an answer.
  8. I get sharp shooting pains on the bottom of my left big toe. This is the same toe that I had a toenail removed because of a fungus. The pain will go away if I wear shoes for a day or so. The pain is so sharp I gasp when I feel it. When it wakes me up in the middle of the night, I will take pain relief and then wear shoes the next day. I'm a stay-at-home mom so I often go without shoes. I have looked all over the web and have not found anything that matches this. I have not stubbed it. I do not have arthritis. I do not have any neurological disorders.
  9. Additional information: I do not have bunions nor any lumps or bumps. I'm tall so I have always worn flat shoes.
  10. Vendetta88

    Vendetta88 Guest

    I know exactly what you mean! My first and second toes on my right foot have been having shooting sharp pain. It started about a month after I had my daughter she was born in a wheel chair on the way into the delivery room so my doctor said I had a slipped disc from the awkward position I gave birth. It started out sharp pain all the way down my leg and Ito my toes now 4yrs later it's mainly my toes the too of them are a painful numbing sensation 24/7 but I get the sharp pains often in them. Now it's in both feet first and second toes. I took MRIs and X-rays for my back dr said my bak is fine and then started treating me like I was only drug seeking and took me off my meds. I said ok that's great my back bone is fine but could it b nerve damage? He said yea it could b but that's a whole different test and blah blah blah basically told me I was full of s*** and he wasn't gonna do anymore tests bc he thought I was just wanting pills. I was there doin the dang tests to find out wth was wrong not for a bandaid if u find out what it is plz lemme no lol
  11. Javier

    Javier Guest

    this is definitely not gout
  12. Maria

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  14. Wonderer

    Wonderer Guest

    I was wondering the same. Why did you ask this?
  15. Veronica

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  18. AKnight78

    AKnight78 Guest

    I have this pain during a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare (I'm experiencing one currently). Lightning shooting through my toes. My diagnosis came with about 3-4 levels deep with bloodwork. Have them check for antibodies.
  19. guest

    guest Guest

    I agree, I have gout and my pain just started in the toes. I take medication everyday for it, but this just started.
  20. john doe

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