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Isolated Itchy Spot on bottom of foot

by Janine
(Oregon)

i've had an isolated itchy spot on the right side under my foot, 2 inches below my second to last toe for a few years. I had this oval-ish spot the size of my thumb nail or a little larger removed and pathology found nothing. But, it relieved the sypmtom of sever itching that can't not be satisfied because it is so deep, I can feel the bally tissue. I used to take a fork to my foot to scratch it. Now it is back and I want it removed desperately but not sure what this is. I have wasted a ton of money on topicals etc; NOTHING works. My foot doc asked if I have back issues and I do. Is this related? why is this one little spot persistant and no where else or spread to the other foot? weird. thank you.


Hi Janine,
Sometimes lower back problems will cause neurological symptoms in the foot, but generally in a larger section of the foot.
My "guess" is you have a local nerve irritation at the point where it itches. Topicals will probably not help.
Ask your doctor about a cortisone shot directly in the area or even the possibility of denatured alcohol injections; they can be very helpful.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jun 25, 2017
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Duct Tape!!!
by: Trudy

Hi everyone, I too cannot believe there are so many of us with the same issue! I am convinced that it is indeed neurological. I used to scratch the hell out of my itch but have found it only aggravates it and causes more intense itchiness. I have been using duct tape on the itch on and off for a yr. At first sign of the itch, I put a good sized piece of tape over the itch and make sure no air can get inside of it. I leave it on until I have my next shower. I put it back on and leave it on between showers for about 4 or 5 days....The itch will disappear for up to 4 or 5 months at a time. It does return eventually and at first sign, on with the tape!! Good luck people and thank you for all the pertinant information.....

Jun 20, 2017
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foot itch and parasites
by: Sara

I just read something online by accident about parasites. I have had a spot on the bottom of my right foot,center. at base of ball of foot; for over 10 years. Well apparently parasites can enter through your feet and create that type of itch thats deep. sugar and carbs they feed off of and keeping gut which is intestines and colon hydrated and working right can help get rid of them. I recently started taking digestive bitter extract and papaya enzymes. In a couple of weeks I have more energy and feeling alot better over. More energy, less depressed, and clearer thinking. So i'd suggest taking bitters, papaya enzymes and drink lots of water.Eliminate sugars and white breads. What can it hurt?

Jun 12, 2017
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Same here
by: Gus

I've had it on the bottom of my left foot for over a year now. It's about the size of a quarter and itches like crazy sometimes. I've seen my doctor, a dermatologist, a podiatrist, been prescribed all kinds of topicals, and nothing has helped. None of the doctors have a clue what it could be. The only temporary relief I get is when I take an electric massager and put it right on the spot on the highest setting for a few minutes. It numbs the area for a awhile. It's driving me insane and I hate it!!

Jun 07, 2017
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Itchy Foot
by: Vickie

Wow - who knew there was this many people with similar issues! I would caution people about Voltaren (pill form). It put me in the hospital with a severe reaction that sent my blood pressure through the roof! Anyone have the "recipe" for the toothpaste and salt?

May 25, 2017
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Toothpaste/Salt measurements
by: E F

I want to try this 'cure' but not sure how much of each ...can someone throw that out there please. Thanks
I had this for about a year and it went away for a while...no explanation and then it came back and really itches...going Ca-Razy!

May 20, 2017
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Itchy heel
by: Jimmy

Have had same prob in my heel for years only time I have been rid of it is when I scratched a hole in my heel it did not reapear until the hole heeled over

May 15, 2017
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Itchy foot dilemma
by: Nellie

I have had the same issue with my left foot. It has been ongoing for over 25 years. I tried Voltaren and it worked amazingly for a couple of years. The itch started up again a couple of days ago and the only thing that is working this time is a tens machine (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation machine) I put the pads on the bottom of my foot and turn the tens to a low setting which seems to trick the brain into feeling the impulse but not the nasty itch. At night I use the tens and can sleep soundly. I find that wearing a sock on the affected foot keeps the pads from peeling off during the night. I hope this helps.

May 01, 2017
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Reflexology
by: Valerie

I've just started having a persistent, isolated itch on the bottom of my left foot last week and its been driving me so crazy. For some reason, my first thought was to check the reflexology chart for the bottom of the foot. It so happened that my spot lined up perfectly with the area for small intestines/ileocecal valve, and I've been having big issues with the same things! Wow. Could it be that our body has ways of speaking to us? I know not many people are aware of reflexology but i really am very interested to know if any of you notice the same thing when consulting the chart? A simple google search will bring up the chart, and i know you can pinpoint that itch! Lol. Give it a try! Mabye I'm onto something!

Apr 27, 2017
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Right Side Always
by: Right Side Always

I have lower lumbar scoliosis, not that bad, and I find that anytime anything happens, it is always on my right side. The right side has the pinched nerves. My right foot has been itching (no bug bites, no rashes) after a virus this week. Thinking that it settled in my right foot. I am trying the toothpaste and table salt. Thanks everyone for posting - like all of you, just happy that I am not the only one!

Apr 11, 2017
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Sooo itchy I can't sleep!
by: Anonymous

My spot is the meaty part between the sole and the upper pad of my foot on the sole. It's driving me insane! I had a few months relief after I put lotions on it. But now it's back! I wear work boots to work and my feet stay moist even with baby powder. I don't know how to make it stop! I have tried random objects to itch it lol. Feels good while your doing it! Lol. Sometimes I find it gets worse afterwards.ugh. To the doctor I go!

Apr 09, 2017
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My cure
by: zurc

My itch started on the bottom heel of my left foot 32 years ago. I tried everything and I mean everything. Sprays, creams, home remedies and the only thing that gave me short term relief was a cheese grater. That's right a cheese grater to the bottom of my foot after a soak. The foot soak would soften the calous that developed over years of scratching and then I would pull out that grater and go to town. Once it hits a point that I was feeling the points of the grater reach live skin I would take out the sandpaper foot sander and go to town again and get the heel of my foot to a smooth bleeding mess. Then the next day the pain would keep the itch at bay for a few weeks. I decided to try one more podiatrist and she was able to end this nightmare. She said it was a neuropathic nerve and she took me in for RF ablation. It's been 6 years and now the itch is just starting to make a faint return. I WILL be going again for another ablation treatment.

Apr 08, 2017
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My itchy foot
by: Brenda

I can't believe I'm not the only one suffering with this, as I read all the comments I'm cracking up because I too use a fork, I keep one on the nightstand for night time. I'm going to try the white toothpaste and table salt 3 times a day and see if that helps. Gotta go, time to get the fork.

Feb 28, 2017
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Different foot same spot.
by: Peggy

It is so funny because I have an identical situation that has woke me up at 1 AM. I've had this spot for quite some time. It'll act up for about a half hour then settle down. It's not always at 1 but this happens to be the time I'm trying to find answers as to why. I'm talking to my doctor in the morning.

Feb 09, 2017
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Itch btn 1st & 2nd toes on ball of left foot
by: Lisa

I itch on the ball of my left foot between the big toe & my long 2nd toe. I'm 52 & had this 40 years. I have been told it is my long 2nd toe, high arch, blah blah, but it is only on the left. Nothing makes the itch go away! In 2014 I learned I have Thorascic Outlet Syndrome on the left side, as well as an extra rib & scalenus minimus. I had to have surgery after becoming disabled. I learned the itch is probably a pinched nerve that originates up near my clavicle. Decompression surgery helped the itch & now it's bad only on days when I am having a lot of all-over pain & inflammation. If you have this itch, consider Thorascic Outlet Syndrome-common & misdiagnosed.

Jan 31, 2017
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One Solution
by: Mikey

I came to this page because I have a crazy unsatisfiable inch on my foot today. Years ago I had a burning sensation on my feet; I noticed that it was stronger after I drank and was really strong if I drank red wine. Well, last night I had 3 beers, which is 2 more than I have had in a long time. I am chocking this itch up to the alcohol.

One of my doctors told me to start taking sublingual vitamin B too. I feel better when I take it.

Dec 24, 2016
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going crazy
by: Joe

Mine started in the mid '90's after I rolled my ankle playing tennis. The ankle finally healed after a few months but the itching started. Just below the ball of my big toe. My doctor said it was tendonitis. He said take 2 Naprosyn every day. But that didn't help. It lasted about 10 years but finally went away. In January 2015, I injured my ankle again. Now the damn itching is back! It's driving me crazy. I'll be at work and I'll take my left shoe off and rub my foot against the sole of my right shoe. People probably think I have athletes foot but I don't. It just won'the go away! Wakes me up at night!
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See if your doctor will give you a cortisone injection in that spot; it may alleviate the itching.

Marc Mitnick DPM


Dec 05, 2016
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A FORK is the only solution for me...
by: Nana

*very healthy person
*had that deep itch on my foot and hands

(It will be either on the bottom, or in between any of the toes on either foot, and in between, or on top of my fingers on either hand) since I was a child.

*unrelenting, deep, painful itch with no redness, swelling, or bumps of any kind several times a year.

*have not seen a correlation with anything that cld cause it. Idt anything is wrong with me, maybe overactive nerves/immune system.

*fork works perfectly bc it is just sharp enough to not slice, but also be able to cut through to the itch. I rub the area until skin comes off (no blood) and I usually have scabs for a few days.

Nov 02, 2016
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Itchy Foot
by: Janet

I experienced this itchy foot problem for 3 nights. The only thing that finally worked was a paste of baking soda. I wet a paper towel, applied the thick paste, put a dry paper towel then wrapped my foot in saran wrap. The next morning it was gone and hasn't yet returned. I think it was from a weed of some sort that caused allergic reaction. Fold the paper towels down to size.

GOOD LUCK.

Nov 01, 2016
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Itchy spot on ball of foot
by: Lesley

I have this terrible itch on my left foot right in the middle of the padded ball. I've looked for any rashes or marks, nothing. I get great relief by using a wire brush but I rub at it so vigorously I eventually make it sore but the relief is fabulous. I had it 20 years ago and it eventually went away but this last six months it's come back. I rub it that much through the night that each lower sheet on the bed has a thin patch where I continually rub the itch.
I have tried anti-fungal cream but to no avail !
I'm now at my wits end to stop it.
I aggravate my husband and my children as I always have my left foot across my knee just rub rub rubbing for total relief
I'm so frustrated... help !

Oct 25, 2016
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Trying something different for crazy itch
by: Helen

I have decided to try an antifungal cream. Ordered miconazale 2% from Amazon tonight. It doesn't look like ringworm but I have now noticed a small pea sized slightly reddish circle. Gonna try the cream, hoping it will stop the itch, stay tuned.

Oct 24, 2016
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I see I am not alone!
by: Helen

The itch on my left foot, instep, started about 2 weeks ago. It woke me up at night. The only thing I could think of was showering at my sister's mountain cottage a few days before, without flip-flops. Alot of family and friends stay there this time of year. Well, my first thought was athlete's feet, which I have never had. Well, the skin on my foot is smooth and shows no signs of irritation. But the itch was endless. I applied cortisone cream, and with willpower, did not scratch for a while and itch finally subsided. I applied the cortisone everyday after as a preventative. But then I s killed a night and now itch is back. I tried the cortisone and it did not work this time. I took a benadryl with some relief. Right now I am trying the white toothpaste on area covered with big bandaids. I read about doing this on here. I find I get some relief if I press my foot up again my footrest on my incliner. This itch really is a nuisance and obviously a mystery to us as well as the medical community. Best wishes to all in finding a treatment that gets rid of this devilish itch.

Oct 24, 2016
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Itchy left foot
by: Anonymous

I also have the itchy foot syndrome. Since I have metatarsalgia, I thought it was related to that, but according to the PA at my podiatrist's office, its not. She told me to go a dermatologist. Great, just what I need, to go to another doctor. I sometimes spray Listerine on it, but I'm wondering if I should try an anti-fungal cream as people have suggested.

Sep 25, 2016
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Intense Itching in
by: Lucky Dragon

Let me start by saying: Oatmeal.

First the symptoms:
1. Intense itching in lower palms and feet arches.
2. No signs of rash or collection of welts, bumps, or lesions. Just normal looking skin.
4. Affected areas feel warm to the touch.
5. Ice packs feel sooo good and bring temporary relief to my insanity.
3. I suspect my husband thinks in crazy.

Its day two since my feet's arches and lower palms began their quest of causing me agony in the form of intense itching. Sleep was basically a no go and the little that I had was interrupted by me waking up to scratching the living heck out of my arches and hands.

At first I thought it might be a contact allergy since I have those from nickel and dust. Forming a hypothesis, I took to the faucet and acrobatically proceeded to wash off the supposed allergens.

Nope. Of course I say this because the method of washing didn't exactly help my skin. However, it may skill be a contact allergy.

Fast forward through antihistamine (10mg lotradine), countless ice packs, water baths, aquaphor, and relentless itching...

I discovered that oatmeal soaks give my hands and feet the best relief. The recipe is simple:

1 gallon cold water, filtered.
2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp green tea

Simply combine in large pot and let your feet soak in the soothing goodness. The relief is temporary but it does feel good and that moment of relief is amazing.



Sep 12, 2016
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HERE TO HELP!!!!!
by: HERE TO HELP

Hey everyone! I too have dealt with this itchy maddening annoyance! I too raked my foot across the carpet at quite an impressive speed might I add. It burned like a forest fire but that was still a million times better than that horrible itch. Solution: White toothpaste and table salt. You heard me right. I did this 3 times a day, covered it with a band aid and wrapped an ace bandage around my foot. In just 1 week that itchy monster was no more and never returned. Hope it works for you too!!

Aug 23, 2016
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Decades Long Itchy Foot Spot
by: Itchy Brother

I've had the same small itchy spot on sole of left foot for over twenty years. I initially thought it was a lingering result from something that I had stepped on while wading in the ocean which gave me a deep painful sting!

Over the years I've had the itch drive me to 'digging' into it looking for a 'stinger', or anything thing that might be causing it. All that did was cause infection, don't do that!

After reading all these similar post, I see that it must be something more common (or did you all get stung in the ocean?) such as a nerve related issue.

Had a foot xray a few years ago for a torn Plantar fasciosis thing. Doctor said I had an 'extra bone' in my foot. Hope it wasn't a 'sea creature' living in there? I was having so much pain at the time with the PF that I forgot to mention the ongoing itch to the doctor.
The itch came back after the PF was cured. Guess you can only register so much pain/irritation from one area?

Best of luck to all my itchy foot friends out there. If you find a cure please post the results for the rest of the brotherhood.

Aug 21, 2016
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Steroid cream
by: Holly

It's been several weeks now with the steroid cream (I definitely recommend cream, not ointment, bec cream sinks in down under the skin better to get to the itch, and it's less messy). The steroid cream has worked almost all the time...with the exception of the past two weekends when my husband and I have been painting our house in the heat. My itch is much stronger when my foot get hot, especially for any long period of time (like outdoor activity in the heat, or a long day at work with my feet trapped in shoes..but I am unusual I think bec, unlike most women whose feet get cold easily, my feet get hot easily, always have). So, with working in the heat painting, the inflammation has been worse, and the cream hasn't stopped the itch fully. Otherwise, the steroid cream has been working well.

Aug 20, 2016
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I am not the only one
by: Happy Happy Joy Joy

I have poor health w/ MS, and totally thought that was it. MS doc says it has nothing to do w/ MS, it is a nerve thing, and not much they can do for it. So for 2 years I could have scratched the brick off my stairs. Taken my shoe off many times at the light, and to read this post about how I am not the only one is fabulous! Sorry you all suffer too, but kinda happy someone else does also! I will absolutely try the steroid shot and/or the cream. Ohhhh so can't wait to get relief. Good luck to all, and great posts from everyone!

Aug 03, 2016
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a solution that is working for me
by: Anonymous

A week ago, my doctor prescribed me a steroid cream (Triamcinolone Acetonide 0.1%) which I apply 3 times a day...it's supposed to reduce inflammation in and around that bundle of nerves, stopping them from overacting and causing deep itch. So far so good, the incessant itch in my right foot (caused by foot trauma/car accident/reconstructive surgery over 20 years ago) that used to keep me up at night has stopped (let's hope it stays that way). Maybe this will help someone else...

Jul 19, 2016
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p.s.
by: Holly

I will also be trying that Ectosone cream, too. I pray it works, I need some PEACE.

Jul 19, 2016
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foot itch
by: Holly

Over 20 yrs ago, bad car accident crushed my right ankle, had reconstructive surgery including 2 ankle screws. After surgery, a deep, never-ending itch started in that foot about an inch below and between my big and second toe. Used a wooden spoon to scratch inside my cast. It was maddening.
Over 20 years later, the incessant itch continues. I too will try willpower to ignore it, until I give in. I've scratched with just about everything mentioned by others on this site..but my best scratcher - a large hair comb clip, one that you pinch to open...the "teeth" on both sides do a great job. I've scratched till the teeth break off one by one, till I have a blister and callous.
I've tried topical creams, anti-itch, and ones with pain reliever (since itch is below-threshold pain)..but the itch is too deep, the creams only sometimes work. The itch is keeping me awake at night.
I am going to try the suggestion make by someone on Oct 25 2015 about using a vibrating massager on the spot for 20-30 mins before bed to "scramble" those nerve reactions to quell the itch overnight so I can at least get some sleep!
And I will investigate the Voltaren and RF Ablation, too.
So hard to research this online...you put key words like foot itch or nerve damage and you get stuff on psoriasis, athlete's foot, and diabetic nerve damage.
I've had trouble finding much info on deep nerve/foot itch (single nerve damage, or mononeuropathy), caused by trauma, and how to treat it.
If anyone knows anything else helpful for my situation please share. :-)

Jul 12, 2016
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Benadryl and voltaren
by: Anonymous

Try 2 Benadryl at one time and prescribed dosage for rest of day. I keep voltaren for lower back and hip pain but do not take often but took 75 mg twice daily for this last deep foot itch which was the worst I've ever had. I'm thinking maybe food allergy...had eaten cinnamon in cookies. So the Benadryl and voltaren did finally stop the itch. This itch ran between my arthritic big toe and my 1st toe on the ball of my foot. I will keep both medications on hand hoping that I never have this horrible affliction again.

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Always be careful about long term, chronic use of oral anti-inflammatory medication. A viable option might be to try topical Voltaren gel.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 27, 2016
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Deep Itch bottom middle into the right ball of my foot callus
by: JP

I've had a Deep Itch on the bottom middle and into the right ball of my foot callus. I have a tantric pad with sharp plastic discs that I stand on. It's an extreme pain & pleasure,but works. The worst is when I'm driving and have to take my shoe off and scrape it on the brake pedal when stopped. It can seriously drive you insane when it's bad. I'm going to try the Voltaren and Ice. Thanks for the tipstips.

May 29, 2016
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reliable end to foot itch
by: Anonymous

It's not free and requires a prescription but Ectosone Cream (mild- ratio 0.05%) turns the itch off within 4-5 minutes. Itch gone. For months.
I suffered bouts of deep itching on my feet for about eight years. My son got the prescription for an itchy eczema rash. I tried it on my foot and sagged in relief. The intolerable itch plagues me no more.
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This is a prescription topical cortisone cream and its effect on relieving local inflammation may indeed reduce itching. Certainly worth a try for most people.

Marc Mitnick DPM

May 20, 2016
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It's my middle toe
by: Anonymous

I never thought it could be a nerve in the toe or caused by the back. I too have roto-scoliosis, 50 years now. But that certain toe started last year and I thought I cut it. Small cuts really tend to make me itch. The first time it showed up I itched it to the point that it swelled up so bad on the bottom of the toe. A water blister showed up on the bottom and on the top blister had popped after itching it badly. Don't pop the blister on the bottom. Worse thing to do. It made the itching worse than ever. I relieved some of it by putting my foot in hot water and epsom salt. I did that for a while. After a few days the itching dissipated. But I had sores healing up. When the itch shows up, I try to ignore it. Sometimes willpower is all I have. Then I realized reading this that my SI joint and sciatica was the cause of this one annoying toe itch. Apparently I need to know or find which part of the back and just stretch myself out to relieve the itch. That's my next step. Last step would be to get the doctor to give me that shot. I had to get a shot in my thumb because of trigger finger. The sleeve in which the tendon slips in and out was badly swollen. It's getting better but that shot hurt like hell. The shot in the toe would probably be worse. Stay strong and give yourself a dose of willpower. It will sooner or later pass. Oh and maybe use a cold pack. I have my foot on one right now and it's helping some. Stay Strong!

May 20, 2016
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Possible Reason
by: Anonymous43

I've been having the same problem with a deep itch on the sides of my feet. I am Determined to find out the Reason and not just ways to treat the symptom.
I just started working for a Chiropractor and I heard our feet have 3 arches! I'm going in for an evaluation and will let you know. Also I want to look at where the attachments of the foot muscles are bc if they're getting pulled, that could Also be a reason. ;)

May 19, 2016
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I thought I was the only one..thank you anonomys for all your work to find a cure!!
by: Jame

Oh my gosh I've had this problem since I was 13 years Old and am 36 now. It is so amazingly refreshing to see that someone else feels my pain. And thank you so much to the nice lady on here that's been to a 100 doctors to find a cure for her and us as well. When I was young I had mentioned it to my doctor and he told me it was probably a nerve problem after we tried creams but I have such terrible back problems I just assumed it was never gonna be able to be done away with. I have scoliosis to the left, am also left handed/sided, and my foot with the itch is in on the same side..on the inner side the arch. It truly sucks. I have used forks and the sides of coffee tables, sharpened my other toenail, used knives... All many times, which is so funny cuz a lot of those seem to be our go to items..lol. A pumice stone in the shower helps me and is good too cuz over the years I have a huge calius there which makes it even harder to itch..so I also take a callous shaver and cut it off so deep that I can start feeling a little pain...that makes the itch much easier to get relieved. So yea not the prettiest nor funest thing to do but when you have a maddening itch and can't sleep at night it's what works to keep me goin. Can't wait to see if this woman getting the ablation gets hers fixed. Good luck everyone...and may something sharp always be with you! 😄...for your FOOT! Lol

May 16, 2016
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foot arch itching, and right hand
by: Charlie

i have itching on both my arches of my feet, on the outer edge of the foot. i also have an itch that comes and goes on the back of right hand a little ways from the base of my thumb. i did notice on two occasions the and itch got really bad while shopping, while i was pushing a cart. i ended up putting a benadryl cream on it, and it seemed to help, so i started a second allergy medicine. it still happens but not very often, but that hasnt really affected my feet itching. i find when i am wearing socks and shoes, it is much better, but still there, and going barefoot is almost intolerable most times. i get athletes foot and thick toenails a lot, so thought that might be related somehow, but nothing seems to affect it, i just try not to go barefoot very often.

May 15, 2016
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Reflexology
by: Anonymous

Having similar issue, first thing I. Looked for was a foot reflexology chart. Maybe focus on the internal organs where the source of itch represents. Mine is lungs/respiratory area which makes sense as my allergies are terrible right now. If you fix the body part associated with area, you may cure the itch. Dear lord please don't get a part of foot cut off!!

May 14, 2016
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Help?
by: Anonymous

A few days ago both of my feet started itching. Same spot on each foot.where the arch an the part thats behind the big toe. Only relief ive been able to get. Is when i twist my feet into the carpet. The itch is under the skin so scratching it don't help at all. Im out of guesses of why it itches. Any thoughts of why or what it could be
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In this instance I would look to the lower back as the source since the itching is occurring on the same spot on each foot.

Marc Mitnick DPM

May 06, 2016
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Try ice
by: Anonymous

I have had this type of itching off and on for the past year. It started in my left foot on the bottom of my foot under the 4th and 5th toes. Now it also occurs in the top of my foot around the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. I have used various itch and other creams and have been to the doctor. Two things have helped: ice applied to the site and an allergy medication.

May 05, 2016
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Amazing
by: Anonymous

It's amazing to find this site; I truly thought nobody else suffered from this. I'm going to try acupuncture. Thanks for all the good suggestions.

Apr 27, 2016
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leaditchyfoot I call it.
by: Jim Porter

I developed this relentless itchy left foot about 2 years ago. It's in the vacinity of the arch and extends to the outer edge of the heal. No topicals worked. I have used forks and varoius items of self torture to relieve the problem. My final solution is this. I sit on the botton stair to my basement where I also keep a piece of "cut" tile. I use the cut edge to scrape fron the center of the foot toward the heal and around to the siede of the heal. I always scrape in the same direction. I actually do this with severe pressure. It's a work out. When I feel relief I stop. It then will stop itching at least for the next 24 hours. Sometimes it will begin again prior to 24 hours. I even keep a piece of this "cut" tile in my work van because the itch is so severe it will drive me to the nut house. This really works, try it.

Apr 18, 2016
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Hi again
by: Anonymous

Hey everyone, another comment. I'm the one that's been getting MRIs and what not to try and get this issue solved.

Long story short, the ANSWER/SOLUTION is getting RF ABLATION. That is a procedure where effectively they give you a needle injection, send a jolt of electricity to that part of the nerve and, as a result, you don't feel that nerve anymore.

The problem is that they need to do the injection at the right spot along the problem nerve, otherwise you may affect other perfectly functioning nerves that leave you without feeling in other areas of your foot.

SO they have been giving me temporary nerve blocks to determine where they should do the injection. First time, they got the right spot and I didn't feel any itching BUT it made a large portion of my foot go numb, so I didn't want to do ablation at that spot otherwise I'd permanently lose feeling in those areas of my foot.

Second nerve block, they did TWO injections and missed the area completely.

So, I am NOW going to a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon this week that hopefully is more knowledgable about nerves in the foot and where the best place to do an rf ablation will be.
As always, I will update you when I can.

I am so determined to find a solution for all of us. I am just not getting a good nights sleep anymore and I'm not risking my health because of that, no matter how much money I need to spend.

Take care everyone.

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This is not about knowing where the nerves are, any doctor who specializes in foot care will know the nerves in the foot.
The bigger problem is that the nerves do not necessarily travel in the exact same location in every one, as there are variations in the nerve distribution.
But perhaps the bigger issue is making sure you see a physician who is skilled in nerve ablation as this is not something every doctor performs.

Although I do not personally perform this procedure, it would seem to me that in order find a nerve large enough to ablate, you would end up with nerve issues elsewhere on your foot.

Have you ever had a cortisone injection directly into the itchy spot itself? If not, you might consider that first.

Marc Mitnick DPM


Apr 05, 2016
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Insane itch
by: Anonymous

Always validating to see that others are suffering with the same thing. At least you know your not going crazy, although the insane intense itch makes you feel like you're heading in that direction at times. It just happened to me today, but It's been happening for me for about 5-6 years already. For me it's both feet, but not always at the same time, but today it was both of them. The most intense creepy crawling deep under the skin itch that's maddening and almost impossible to get it to calm down. Today it was relieved pretty quick, in about 15 minutes, but sometimes it can be off and on for an hour or so. I also agree it's a nerve issue.

Very interesting today for me. I was just thinking this morning that it hasn't itched much lately. Well, the kids and the wife have been on spring break for the last couple weeks and so I have not been to the gym. Well, today I went back, first I do the elliptical for a while and then weightlifting. Well wouldn't you know, home about an hour and boom, it starts with the right foot, then the left, with the right being much worse.

Firm believer now that foot trauma, even workouts, walking, running or overuse antagonizes the nerves and exacerbates this condition. like another poster on this board, I think I will use a handheld vibrator used for muscles on my feet to help calm the nerves next time. Might even be beneficial as preventative measure as well.

Apr 02, 2016
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Solution
by: Susan

I'm so great full for all of these comments. At least I now know I'm not alone. The it can be so unbearable, but for all our sakes I hope someone has a solution.

Mar 31, 2016
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See a chiropractor
by: Anonymous

Someone posted about having a chunk of meat taken out of their foot to relieve the itching. Surgery should always be the last resort! Try talking to a Good chiropractor as it is probably a nerve somewhere in your body giving your foot a hayday! Some problems aren't going to show up on an mri. If your body is properly alligned on a regular basis, often little bodily annoyances will disappear.

Mar 29, 2016
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Bottom of toe itch by big toe
by: Anonymous

Thank you all for helping me realize that I'm not crazy with my itch that has no visible sign.

Mar 20, 2016
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SAME ITCHY SPOT. WHAT THE HECK?!
by: Allie

This is unbelievable. My husband thinks I'm losing my sh*t (excuse my language), but I have had the it most itchy little devil spot on my right foot about 2 inches below my middle toe, right between the ball of my foot and the stem of my pinky toe. IT'S BEEN UNCONTROLLABLY ITCHY FOR THE PAST WEEK, on and off (but mostly on). Itching it doesn't help, like others have said, it's a very deep itch. The only think I can think of doing that would relieve it is sticking a needle directly in the middle of the itch. No visible difference between the itchy spot and the rest of my foot. No redness, blister, dry skin, flakiness, wart, nothing. Just an itch. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP.

Mar 16, 2016
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I have arthritis
by: Anonymous

I have rhematoid arthritis which has disfigured the bones in my feet, which at times causes itching, pain and calluses on the bottom of both feet.

I suggest to those who have unexplained itching at the ball of the foot to see a podiatrist who can thoroughly examine whether the itching might be due to a bone issue within the foot, rather than just being only skin deep.

Thanks

Mar 16, 2016
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Acupuncture Stimulation
by: Lucy

I’ve had this one itchy spot under the skin of my left foot on the outer side/bottom by the heel of my Midfoot for 4 ½ years and have bought all kinds of fungal creams, powders, and sprays but they haven’t helped. The area looks completely normal which makes me feel even crazier when I show people.

I can remember when it started like it was yesterday. I was sitting in this class and felt this strong itch and I almost kicked my shoe off to scratch it. I had never felt anything like it. It's mainly itchy at night and I started using a hard plastic fine tooth comb to scratch it. Sometimes a blister will form if I scratch it for too long… but sometimes it just feels so good to scratch it that I don’t care. Luckily, the blister doesn’t hurt because the skin is tougher in that area.

The other day, I asked my acupuncture about it and he said that he wasn’t sure what was causing it but it might have something to do with circulation. He asked if I wanted him to stimulate it and at this point, I’m down for anything so he stuck a small needle in and moved it back and forth without taking it out for about 10 seconds and it felt SO GOOD to actually scratch the spot that was itchy. It didn’t itch for about 4 days but has started back. I will try the tape but figured I’d share a short term remedy in case you ever get to that point…

Mar 14, 2016
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Unbelievable
by: Fabian

Wow! I don't understand how so many people have the same devil itch spot under a foot, and no official diagnosis has been shown/found! I'm 36 y/o, and have had this crazy itch spot under my left foot, about 2 inches under my fourth toe. I've had this for about 6 years now, and for about 2 years it stopped, but now it's back full force and driving me nuts. There's sort of a pea size cyst deep under the skin, and I scratch at it with great fury, using anything I can get my hands on, knife, fork, screw driver, corner of tables. I've even allowed my right toe nail to grow a bit longer just so I can scratch it better at night, when it's worse. If I scratch it till it hurts, it quiets down for a few hours. It gradually increases the itching by the time my work day is over. I don't have any back problems that I know of. A few years back when it was itchy like crazy, I felt not a spot, but a 1,5 inch long hardened nerve that was itching. It was on the same area as the spot now. I'm going to try Voltaren cream...for some reason I think it'll help. I'm so glad to have found all your posts. I hope we find a definite solution some day. Good luck to us all!

Mar 02, 2016
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Update
by: Anonymous

HI guys, I've commented previously about how I was getting an MRI for my itchy foot. Nothing came of it. They even gave me an injection that is meant to allow nerves to show up on MRI's, and they couldn't see any nerve damage or irregularity.

SO tomorrow I have an appointment booked with a surgeon. If his solution is just to cut a big chunk out of my foot where the itching is happening, then hopefully that will just stop the bloody itchy spot. Again, I suspect it is a nerve damage or nerve issue, as itching is actually a form of pain.

So, I will continue to update you all on my situation. If this works for me, then maybe you all can follow what I did and get a good result.

Mar 02, 2016
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red spot itch bottom of foot
by: Anonymous

I had a small round red spot on the bottom of my foot about the size of an eraser head. It itched but also felt like a bruise. This was 3 years ago. Not I have 3 nickel-sized red spots ( more like pinkish) that itch and tingle deep inside the foot. It was so bad one night I felt like lighting a match to it to make it stop. I saw a dermatologist and she had no clue what it was.She did a scraping but did not see anything. The only thing I can remember is stepping on a plug and really bruising my foot badly a few years ago.
The area feels kind of thick. The strange thing is it doesn't itch when I am up walking. I have tried fungal creams, bleach, alcohol, peroxide to no avail. Anyone have any ideas?

Mar 01, 2016
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Itchy itchy!
by: April

Tonight I had an intense itch on the bottom of my left foot, from where my middle and fourth toe meet my foot, down to about 2 inches. I rubbed it on a fluffy comforter, carpet, scratched it...no relief. I found this page and read a comment about a hand held massager helping. That worked wonderfully! I still have a little itching but I only used it about 3 minutes so after this post I will use it a little longer.

Feb 25, 2016
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Glad I'm not the only one!
by: Jennifer

I've had an insanely itchy spot on the ball and directly below for the last 20 years. I itch it on just about anything - carpet, concrete, with scissors, knife. It blisters and then turns to a callus. I regularly use a stone to remove the dead skin and I keep my feet hydrated. It's itchy all day and all night. I wake up in the middle of the night itching. I've tried ice, ignoring the itch hoping it will one day go away and lots of topical. I'm now looking into RF Ablation. Anything to get some relief because I'm sure carrying around scissors in my purse looks suspicious and it's driving me insane!

Feb 03, 2016
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Right foot bottom itch
by: Ralph

I have an itch on the bottom right foot for a little over a year now. In the beginning the podiatrist tried a number of topical treatments, nothing worked. I had a neurologist look at it and it was determined that it most likely was coming from my lower back. Doctor was wise enough to try me on gabapentin to see if it was nerve oriented and after taking 100 MG at night and every 8 hours it stopped the itch; it stopped itching when I took the first pill. I only took the gabapentin for a month just to have this type of relief as it wasn't a cure; just a great diagnostic tool. (After a week I increased dosage to 200MG.) I decided to stay off the gabapentin because it's not going to cure it. I still have the itch but, I somewhat became used it. If it gets worse I'll have to try what others stated above. Hope this helps thanks everybody.

Jan 03, 2016
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Same thing happening to me today a ensane itch
by: Joel

i am so glad I came here tonight my name is Joel and the same thing is killing me. The back of my left heal itches so badly I take a razor and cut dead skin folk or what ever. I have never had such a terrible itch driving me crazy. I researched this subject matter. And it may be we have diabetes that can only be the answer and the solution to our nightmare.

Dec 27, 2015
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Joint pain or Arthritis
by: Anonymous

Does anyone or everyone have arthritis. I do and wonder if there may be a connection. Just a thought.

Dec 27, 2015
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Wow!
by: Anonymous

Like the rest of you, sure glad I'm not the only one. But hate to hear others suffer with this.Mine is left foot just in front of the heel. I haven't seen a doctor yet. Wasn't sure who to see. What ever you do,,don't use the corner of your coffee table.It feels great, but the finish is gone.I do have major back issues , so maybe I'll start with that ave.and see where it leads. I'll check in as well.HOPEFULLY with positive news. Thanks

Dec 27, 2015
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both feet
by: Anonymous

yes my friends, you read it right.

i never know when it will start or which foot will

be affected. it seem that my case is caused by

stress. i have found that scratching with a tool

or on a carpet just irritates it more plus it could

damage the skin.

Dec 13, 2015
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The itch that never stops
by: Anonymous

OMG I'm not crazy after all I have had this intense itch as well . It feels like you have something crawling deep in your sole .. A fork, a nail file, knife , you name it I've tried it scratch till it is so sore it no longer itches... Why is there no cure

Nov 30, 2015
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Update
by: Anonymous

Went to a neurologist.

He gave me a botox injection to the foot, which hopefully will provide me with up to 3 months relief. But because these are so expensive ($500 each), it isn't a viable long-term solution.

He also provided me with a script for local anaesthetic sticky pads, which I'll place on the itchy spot before bed. Hopefully that will allow me to sleep. But again, not a long-term solution, as the pads are relatively expensive too. But, at least it can provide me with some relief.

Last, I am getting an MRI done. If there is any nerve damage or inflation, he can advise me better as to whether RF Ablation is the best option for a longer term.

Hopefully these experiences of mine informs you all and potentially push you in the right direction.

I will post another update once my MRI is done.

Nov 27, 2015
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holy
by: Anonymous

ive been suffering for this for probably about ten years. has driven me half insane in the time. glad to know what it might be

Nov 22, 2015
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RF Ablation
by: Anonymous

Hi again everyone

So I've finally cracked it and I've booked in to see a neurologist next week.

The only thing I've seen through my hours of searching the net to be a sure way of stopping the mysterious itchy spot on foot is "RF Ablation". I need to see my GP and hopefully I get the referral to the neurologist. At both times I will make clear that I know this is a nerve issue and topical creams will not do the job. I will suggest this procedure and HOPEFULLY they will book me in to get in done.

I will post any updates as they're available.

I really hope rf ablation is the procedure I'm looking for. I'm sick of not being able to sleep properly and being constantly frustrated throughout the day.

Nov 19, 2015
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Crazy Itch!!!
by: Anonymous

Me Too!!!
Left foot 2 inches under pinky toe. Very deep into the muscle. Have to really get after it to get any relief. Mine is only occasionally tho.

Nov 15, 2015
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Itch on bottom of foot
by: Lisa

I have degenerative disc disease and severe nerve damage from a ruptured disc in my back which pinches my sciactic nerve all the way down to my toes. I too have a spot on my right foot under my big toe that constantly itches every day. Only when I dont have shoes on. As someone mentioned creams dont help nerve. Scratching it on something ruff helps to stop itch. If it is nerve issues for you all as well remember the hotter the muscle gets the more the swelling and more pinching to nerve which means more itching. I would put baby powder in your socks to prevent moisture that causes itch as well. It helps alot. The hotter the foot gets the more it will itch. Good luck all. Hope this helps.

Nov 09, 2015
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Me too
by: cbeck70

I have this exact same itch but disappointed there's nothing I can do about it, it's on my left foot where my heel meets the arch of my foot and itches like crazy but there's nothing there. Very irritating. Glad I'm not crazy and I have also picked up strange objects to scratch, only makes it worse!

Nov 07, 2015
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Chronic Foot Itch
by: Anonymous

Six years. Deep itch on side of left foot just toward heel from ball of foot. Develops callus & gets itchy no more than 2 days after I treat it. I soak it to soften it, then scrape away dead skin with serrated pocket knife. Have used dremmel tool, near boiling water, antifungal cream, hydrocortizone, bleach, cleanser, ascorbic acid, salicylic acid, wart remover and never found relief for more than a day or so. Going nuts. Can't sleep. Sick and tired of dealing with it. It has never spread. Ready to cut it out.

Nov 01, 2015
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Oh yay! Me too!
by: Anonymous

So interesting to read these comments. I have the itchy spot too, about the size of a pea, deep and unscratchable and usually only at night or when I am napping. I rub it furiously on the edge of the bed. It's on my left foot, about a quarter inch under my fourth toe. I also have low back pain, but the itch precedes the pain by several years.

Oct 25, 2015
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SOLUTION
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone,

So like you all, I've suffered from the mysterious itchy spot on foot for several years now. Recently it's been affecting my ability to sleep. I would wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes several times, to an itchy foot. The fact that it started to affect my ability to sleep was a cause of concern from me, because sleep is important. It was no longer a mere inconvenience.

And over the years I've tried everything. I tried topical creams, the good old 'sticky tape' on and around the itchy spot, and even resting my foot on an ice pack to numb the itchiness. I did not find any of these to be successful.

So, I started to think. I knew that this probably was a nerve issue. The itch is a 'deep itch' and not merely on the surface of the skin, so it wasn't a skin issue. Specifically, it's probably a nerve that has just gone crazy and my brain keeps sending signals to itch it. I know that my mum has this issue, so it could in fact be hereditary.

So, knowing it was a nerve problem, I thought of an idea which has actually helped me get a proper nights rest. I purchased a hand held massager, typically one you would use for sore muscles (i.e. on your back). This one has a piece of rubber at the end that vibrates very fast, so it's great for getting rid of knots in muscles. What I did was simply press the massager at full blast on the itchy spot for about 20 minutes or so before bed (the more the better). My hope was that this would 'crowd' the nerves around my foot, such that my brain would not send the signals to the nerve to itch it. To put it another way, I hoped the vibrations and pulsating from the massager would numb the nerve temporarily.

And it has worked. The first and second nights I've tried it, I managed to get a much better sleep. While I woke up once, the itching was no where near as intense. I've also found that using the massager for longer periods before bed (i.e. 30minutes plus) is more effective.

Now, to determine whether this was actually a solution and not merely a placebo effect, the third night I did not use the massager at all. Sure enough, at 4am, I woke to vigorous itching, much worse than the other nights. The next night I then used the massager again, and I did not get itching that bad.

So, long story short, I've managed to find a temporary solution that at least helps me sleep. Yes, I still get the itching throughout the day at times, sometimes very bad, so I feel tempted to itch my foot on something pointy. BUT, at least in terms of me being able to get to sleep for once without waking up to itching, I've found this method to be effective.

I hope that this method is successful for all of you suffering from sleep issues due to the isolated itchy spot on the bottom of your foot.

Take care :)

Oct 21, 2015
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Ditto!
by: Jacqui

I'm here researching as well because I've had the same problem for years and years now. On my right foot, just where my heel meets the rest of my foot, I have a hard bump about the size of a quarter. The itch will be so intense sometimes that I'll have to kick my shoe off in a hurry and find something hard and pointy to scratch it with. I have a screw driver I keep by my bed to scratch it with. Everytime I think about going to the doctor, I talk myself out of it because I'm sure it's some kind of nerve damage and probably not much they could do about it anyway. Would like to know for sure what it is, though!

Oct 20, 2015
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Itchy foot in spots
by: Anonymous

It starts as a spot that starts to swell like a small rubber ball under the skin. Then the itching starts to the point its unbearable. My foot will swell on the top and bottom along with toe's swelling. The only way to get it to stop itching is to take 2 Benadryl 25mg the swelling usually takes a couple of days to subside. It happens in both feet.

Oct 14, 2015
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Terrible itchy spots
by: Itchy foot

I've got itchy feet too! It's so terrible that I can't think of anything else in the moment. It's usually really bad at night time and when I come home from work. My feet get really sweaty and I have these large white spots after I take off my shoes and socks (it's basically dead excess skin but it's all soft like when you get out of the shower...I know gross right? :( I e gone to the skin doctor and it's not athletes foot. He said I just have extra skin on my feet, but I probably have extra sweaty feet too so I'll need to go back in to check on that...but oh my gosh my feet itch every day! I itch them on the carpet and on the foot of the bed... It's so embarrassing but I can't find relief any other way. I'm really sorry for all of you who suffer with these itchy foot symptoms too...it's horrible! :(

Sep 23, 2015
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Me too
by: Anonymous

Ivebeen suffering with this THe past few weeks and it's the most insane itching I've ever experienced ! Starts with a tingle and progresses to this need to dig it out of my foot ( right foot just below the ball of the foot) . Nearly always when I'm resting and last night for about an hour keeping me awake! I do suffer with lower back problems but everything seems ok at the moment . Will mention to the doctor next week .

Sep 18, 2015
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Glad I am not alone.
by: N

It is 3am and I am up searching itchy feet. Not just itchy but a devil itch as someone described. I tried the cold pack that did not help, I now have tape on the itch. It seems to be helping some. Although I am glad I am not alone in this I am disappointed to hear that there does not seem to be a cure. I am noticing the trend of lower back trouble associated with this. I guess I will just have to grin and bear it as I wear out my carpet from rubbing my foot on it

Sep 11, 2015
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Itching on the bottom of the foot
by: Anonymous

I heard the itching of the left side of the bottom of the left foot below the toe Could be related tto warms in the stomach.

Sep 10, 2015
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Hereditary?
by: Anonymous

I have had this on the arch of my left foot for years now. I knew that my mother suffered from it as well - I remember as a kid watching her scratch the bottom of her foot with a fork. I later found out that both of her sisters have it, my grandmother had it and her mother had it. In all of the comments I have seen online about this unexplained itchy foot, I have never seen anyone mention a hereditary factor.

Aug 30, 2015
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The devil itch in arch of right foot
by: M Rose

Like everyone else says: amazing not alone in this misery. Loved reading about how we all try to attack the itch. I have just used ice on it. But will use the tape mentioned in previous note. I get the itch on arch of my foot at night. But like someone else mentioned it will also be on a finger and just itch till it bleeds. Thankx for this page to help us all know we aren't nutz. Just glad this doesn't happen all the time, but when it does here I am at 1:30 in the morning looking up a cure on the internet.

Aug 19, 2015
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Deep Itch
by: Melvyn

It's the same for me. Happens mainly when I drive, though it comes on unexpectedly with no pattern to it at all. From reading here, I find the neurological explanation perhaps related to the lower back quite convincing. Disappointed though that there appears not to be a remedy. A visit to the doctor is probably required.

Aug 18, 2015
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Deep itch
by: Anonymous

I have had this problem for several years. I may have months of no foot itch and then it comes back. The only relief I can get is from products like Icy Hot, Ben Gey or some other muscle rub. Yes it burns sometimes, but that is better than the intense itch!
I also get this in my fingers as well. Not as bad as my feet, but very irritating!

Aug 13, 2015
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Itchy spot on foot.....
by: L. Perry

I also have this itching on the bottom of my left foot on my heel area. The skin is thick and firm and It itches very deeply. I have used a coarse pumice block, a fork, a letter opener, my old bowling shoe brush, and even opened up the area to see if anything was lodged in it, but nothing helped!! None of my doctors even know what brings it on. It will go away for a couple of months and then just when it's become a faded memory, there it is again. This has been going on for at least 10 years. Nothing is wrong with me other than having issues with my back and neck. I have had 3 neck fusions and one in my lower back 5 years ago, and have recently learned that I have 2 new herniated and 7 new bulging discs in my t-spine section, so the back problem theory is making some sense to me! So happy I found this web site! So happy to know I'm not going nuts and I'm not the only one!! Anyone want to start an itchy foot club?!!!!

Aug 11, 2015
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Food Allegy
by: Anonymous

A friend of mine had an itch in the same place for 3 years, no where else just the same place on her foot. she had a food intolerance test which revealed she was intolerant to Gluten...she stopped Gluten, the itch stopped too...go figure!

Jul 14, 2015
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Foot itch
by: Anonymous

I get that itch once in a while and it is extremely debilitating...when I'm driving and suddenly get it I feel like I'm going to crash the car...it's really weird...I think its a nerve thing ....I've actually run out of stores just to get relief for the itching....why doesn't anyone know what it is?

Jul 05, 2015
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itchy scratchy. ....
by: debby

Omg, so glad to know I am not crazy. .. my itch is on my right foot lower area of my big toe. It has been itching for about 30 years with a brief period a few years back when I was on birth control, not sure why. I have never told a doctor for fear they would think I was crazy. I itch it on EVERYTHING and my husband refers to it as the THUG" and itchy scratchy, because it is constantly looking for something to scratch on lol. Only relief now is when I scratch to hard on some sharp surface and it bleeds. Glad to know I'm not alone THANKS! :)

Jun 27, 2015
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Suffer with itchy feet
by: Ginni

Three years ago my right foot started to itch in the arch,the skin started to become thick and at night the itch was so intent that it was hard to sleep.I went to a podiatrist and they prescribed a fungal ointment that I used for 4 months. Needless to say it did no good and only spread to the left foot.The Dr. Could not figure out what the problem was,but at the time I was having back issues,and now feel that they are connected.I have found that using a electric callous remover to keep the skin from getting thick works great and I use hand sanitizer on them morning and night.There are not itch free,but they are much better than they were.I'm not sure what it's caused from,but it's nice to know that there is someone else that knows what you are trying to explain.

Jun 13, 2015
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Try gel antiinflammatory
by: Anonymous

I used voltaren (prescription) anti-inflammatory gel on it. I just tried this and it worked right away. The gel is expensive but so worth it. I use it otherwise for my knee.

Jun 07, 2015
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Deep itchy sole (right foot)
by: Anonymous

I've had this problem for a few years now. I'm happy to know I'm not going crazy because this thing is mysterious! The itch is deep in the sole of my right foot and nothing helps. I need help.

May 28, 2015
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Itch Itch go away don't come back another day.
by: Faith

Well my itch started roughly a week ago. I scratch it like everyone else on carpet,the side of the bed, with my hand you name it. There is nothing there! My husband just shakes his head because he can't see anything. My mother suggested I try soaking it in epson salts or vinager I will try that tomorrow. I recently had surgery and I still have some pain medication left over if I take that I get some relief in order to sleep. Those of course will soon be gone. My itch is in the upper part of the arch. It's really frustrating. I know I have high liver enzymes and lately I have had pain on both of my sides and lower back. This is not fun at all.

May 21, 2015
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Hormone related?,
by: Anonymous

My itch started with my first pregnancy. Knew I was preg the second time bc the itch came back. Has been rare since the third was born. Been having strange cramps lately and the itch is back with a vengeance. No lower back pain. And I looked on a foot map to see what organs were in the area of the itch and I don't have any kidney issues that I know of. Google estrogen and foot itch but it seems to be all over the feet and not a specific spot like I have.

Apr 25, 2015
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other possibility
by: Anonymous

I have had the same problem for years, right foot front edge of heel very deep. I find it gets far worse when I drink Mt. Dew. I also have lower back pain but the itchiness was before the back pain. Just wondering if any of you afflicted by this problem have very healthy diets. The few people I have spoke with suggest that that spot on the foot is connected to digestion and the stomach. I not saying soda drinks are the only cause but I have tested it a little. It gets worse when I drink them and its doesn't just go away after a few days. If I militant in what I am ingesting It seems to reduce the issue. If I have it under control for a while all I have to do is drink a Dew and that night the itching is extreme. I don't what to destroy my foot. Some genius must have an answer. There are to many of us for this not to have a cause. obviously I have stopped drinking Dew.

Apr 22, 2015
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It is driving me mad
by: Christina

I've had this itchy spot on the sole of my left foot for around 10 years, but during the last year it has become a nuisance. I scratch every evening like mad and it just doesn't go away. It's worse when I wear socks and a little better when I am barefoot and nothing is touching my foot. I don't want to spend the rest of my life feeling the need to scratch!

Mar 20, 2015
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Will it stop
by: Anonymous

Ive had this for the last two years and I have tried everything that was listed even scratching with steel wool and wire brushes ment for pool cleaning. Ice helps but who wants cold feet. Ive peeled skin ive dug with needles ive tried the duct tape. Im going to try burning it next with a hot coal. My mom is q dr and has watched me do all the things blood work cutting she doesnt condone harming myself but has told me living comfort outways the risk so tonight im gonna burn away ill get back with the outcome

Nov 19, 2014
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Severe itch on the base of my toe on top of foot next to the pinky seems to be on the base of the bone
by: Losing it!

I have had this crazy itch as if I was bitten by a bug, which is what I thought at first. But, no signs of a bite and nothing is there yet the itch is making me insane. I scratch it and then the bone becomes sore. Ive had this for over 6 months. I cant imagine what it could be. My dog as we all know they sense things would go over and try to lick it. Very odd! I have severe back problems and Chrones Disease. Pinched nerves and many upper disc problems but, this is an on going problem for 20 years. I cant imagine this being related not after all this time. Have had blood work done nothing relating to this problem but, a series of blood tests routine checks. Everything, liver, kidney, etc comes up fine. Im running myself not only crazy with the itch but now my mind is playing tricks on me thinking something bad is going on so I am freaking out! Someone Please put my mind to rest. Oh Forgot to mention an important thing lately have been getting unbelievable leg cramps starting in the inner leg going down to my feet where my toes cramp so bad they actually stand erect ...Wondering if that caused nerve damage...siiiiiiigghhhhhhhh..........Totally Lost!

Oct 27, 2014
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Same Here
by: Anonymous

I read this and thank gosh I am not nuts. I have had the "itch" on my right foot on the outside part where you walk. It covers about 3 square inches. It has driven me nuts for 15 years now, however; I am having severe lower back issues currently and my itching has also increased.
I scratch also, but find no relief. Tea Tree Oil after scratching used to create an effect that seemed to help, but that is failing me this time. I am going to try the duct tape mentioned in an older post.

Oct 16, 2014
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ME TOO
by: Anonymous

Same problems, and it's sucks! A couple of weeks ago I peeled the skin from the bottom of my left foot, for a little relief. That didn't help, but for a few minutes. So no only did I have an itchy foot, it was sore from the peeling down so far. HELP!!

Oct 16, 2014
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Itchy left sole
by: Anonymous

I have the same symptoms under my left foot since years. I did not count how many...
I have a problem with sciatic nerve
Also, I suspect that it might be related to intestines. Because, that region is related to intestines looking at the foot massage chart.

Either nerves or some other organ in the body. But it is there for a reason. Do not overlook it.

Oct 10, 2014
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SO glad to know I am not crazy!
by: juststeve35

Well, at least not because of this insane itch...

You all have my empathy and sympathy, as my favorite tool of late is an old school wooden backscratcher that lets me get some serious leverage and offers two sharper 'corners' for reaching depth.

Been about a year for me, and the entire pad of my right foot (below the big toe) is a vaguely numb, thick patch of skin with a spot smaller than a dime where the skin is broken and tender.

Gonna try the adhesive tape tonight (Duct tape... It really has endless uses!) and will report back how it works out.

*shrugs*

Trust me, I've tried far crazier and riskier things than a patch of tape to get relief!

Oct 03, 2014
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Itchy Spot
by: Anonymous

I have been suffering with this for about a year, it is on the bottom of my left foot just below the big toe and down about an inch. There is nothing to be seen or felt, and finally I went to the dermatologist yesterday. They couldn't see anything either, and gave me a topical cream to try. The doctor said it could be a neurological issue, (from lower back) or a liver or kidney problem. Not sure what is going on but now I am really concerned. Going to follow up with me PCP for bloodwork.

Oct 02, 2014
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Itchy area on sole of foot
by: Anonymous

I've had intense itching deep inside the sole of my foot on and off for a few months. Like other comments, no amount of scratching would ease it when it came on for no apparent reason. Last night I took the advice of one of the other posts and put a very sticky plaster over the area. Within a few seconds the itching sensation had gone and it hasn't returned. If it comes back I'll do the same. Thank you to the lady for giving this advice.

Oct 01, 2014
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Nerve activity
by: Anonymous

I suffer this itch, precisely as described - its area specifically in the arch of my left foot. I am also epileptic, with uncontrolled seizures, and a great many other neurological 'sensations' and experiences. Thus, I am well aware of my nerves behaving bizzarely, as it is. I also suspect it is due to liver toxicity - I have undertaken detoxification.

Aug 28, 2014
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Runs in the family?
by: Anonymous

My deep itch is on the arch of my left foot. Like most others who complain about it, it seems to be worse at night. I just found out that both my mother and my grandmother suffer from the exact same itch in the same spot. Anyone else who has the itch know if there are others in your family who suffer from it?

Jun 22, 2014
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Did a surgery cured it?
by: Anonymous

I have experienced a very intense deep itch right below the ball of my right foot. Nothing would make rid of it. I tried topicals, scratching, stretching, massage, and ice. Nothing worked. When I touched the area, it became worse. It happened usually at night. This last week I had a hysterectomy and the surgeon also released an intestinal adhesions. I woke up from surgery and haven't had any itching at all. Not sure if there was a connection or if this is temporary. I only hope the itching does not come back. Any body else experience a sudden stop like this?

Jun 20, 2014
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query to my fellow tortured scratchers
by: itchy and scratchy!

So glad to read this thread and realise I am not alone in my ailment....although I want to pose a question for those afflicted.....I also have a really bad problem that has been associated with my phrenic nerve but people mostly think im talking crazy....sometimes when I move my head, I begin to cough. It feels like I have stuck a cotton bud too far into my ear. I could be talking to someone sitting to my right, bending my head to read a text or lying my head on a pillow. I have visited many docs but no cure. Any ideas?

Jun 02, 2014
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deep itch
by: Anonymous

Mine is on the heel and have had it for 30 years. I have used keys, brushes, wire, rocks, and anything else that worked. This now caused my skin on the heel to develop a thicker skin on this area which made it worse so stepped up my game to a grater and sander which would provide great relief especially once it got very low where it would bleed then I would get it in some ice water...what a relief but it would always sneak back especially when I wore thicker socks. Yes I saw MANY doctors who were useless...well not really they were great at getting paid. I didn't know getting a medical degree precludes you from saying "I don't know what it is" Then finally while considering battery acid I decided one more doctor and YES she was the one. I brought in my tools and the history, even a long term blog of our kind. She gave me a pain patch which was useless so she told me its neurological but she set me up for RF Ablation which blocked the feeling for about 4 years. I am just now starting to feel the itch again but not as it once was so I will be planning to have this procedure again and doing my best to keep the skin from getting too thick.

May 30, 2014
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same thing
by: Anonymous

Oh my I have the same thing on my left foot on the ball of the foot. It began itching about a month ago. Its weird only at night.nothing stops it no matter what I do.any suggestions?

May 13, 2014
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SOLUTION!!!
by: Anonymous

SOLUTION!!!! My husband has the same thing. It was driving him crazy. There was nothing there...no bumps, no rash, no redness. Nothing. He would spin around on the carpet or use anything sharp to scratch at it and nothing would bring him relief. He said the itch felt like it was deep down below the skin. After tons of searching online, I saw somewhere to try medical tape. Cut a piece of very sticky tape just a little big bigger than the itchy area and put the tape over the area. Your nerves will be so busy sending signals to your brain that there is tape on your foot, that it won't have time to send "itchy" signals. My husband's itch came back four nights ago, so he tried the tape, and within a few seconds the itch was gone and has not been back. (He removed the tape about 15 minutes after the itch went away and has not used any since). If it comes back, I know he'll use the tape again. Hope this helps some of you that are at your wit's end!

Apr 16, 2014
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Itchy Spot
by: Jon

I have had the same thing for just over THIRTY years.

Exactly the same spot. Itches like mad. Nothing ever stops it unless I scratch it until it bleeds which gives relief for a while. I am considering branding it with a hot knife or something to kill the nerve.

Been to doctor many times with it. Gave up doing this some years ago since I could tell they had run out of ideas and thought it was psychosomatic or something.

Feb 15, 2014
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Foot itch
by: Jhendi

I have a similar problem. It's horrible and only happens when I go to bed. I use a nice pack. I have to keep it on until it's warm and then use another and keep repeating it until it's gone. It's really cold and unpleasant but it helps a bit.

Dec 28, 2013
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Same here!
by: Anonymous

I am having the same issue in the same spot and its bugging me terribly. I have minor lower back pain from epidurals and childbirth but not enough to bother me. I also dug out a plantar wart on that foot in my teens- about 20 years ago so I'm not sure if its the exact spot. I'm not sure how any of this correlates. The itch is deep and I can feel a small knot under there but after digging found nothing. Lotrimin is not helping. I find myself rubbing it on the carpet. I guess I'll try new shoes, already replaced 2 rounds of socks. Good luck finding relief and post if you find it.

Apr 30, 2011
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i had this..
by: dawn

i had this for at least a year. on my right foot at the base of my right toe. it was terrible itchy. i would scrub and scrub it on the carpet to get some relief. i tried all creams/sprays. went to dermatologist had her biopsy it... found nothing. even after having a hole cut out of my toe, it went back to itching. then, i decided to throw ALL of my shoes out. i did, and then the itchy went away. i haven't had any problems since. the dermatologist couldn't understand what was going on.

Apr 01, 2010
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itch on bottom of foot
by: Anonymous

Try an ice pack. It freezes the nerve until the itch stops. Can take 1/2 hour - icing on and off.

Nov 09, 2009
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To Anonymous
by: Janine

What are you doing to stop it? Mine started up again,strongly. I'm about to call my doctor. But still hoping someone has tried something other than cutting out the area. I've been moving andon my feet non-stop. Its really really bothering me.

Nov 08, 2009
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I am relieved now
by: Anonymous

'Anyway I just wanted to say that I'm pretty sure I know the itching sensation you described, as it seems I have the same sensation the same spot on the same foot. I hope you find something at works for you."

I just copied from the last post and pasted it to prove the point that I too have the same problem.

Now I am relieved literally believe me I was worried how come that I have this type of isolated itch and no doctor could diagnose. Atleast I am happy that it is not only me and there are some who have the same problem.

Well thanks for the post.

Aviaki

Sep 01, 2009
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Try lower back injections.
by: Janine

I am resorting to calling my doctor to have it cut out I think. It lasted almost a year the first time. I can't keep taking utensils and watch people cringe when I scratch my foot because I don't feel the pain while they would, and besides, I leave a nasty sore. I wanna ask about the denatured alcohol injections suggested.
To comment on your issues as like my own, I've just gotten thru injections for my lower back on both sides and the foot did not clear up entirely. It seemed to lessen a little and then returned. Still, could be related in the fact that maybe when there is a flare up in the lumbar, the foot also...let me know if you try anything. It gets expensive.

Aug 21, 2009
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I know the feeling
by: JeNY

Hello, I came across your question while searching for a related issue. I too, have this spot on the bottom of my right foot, on the ball of my foot below my second to last toe. It feels about the same size as you describe, yet feels so "deep" that I can never satisfy the itch. The itch is not constant but is there quite a bit and is very annoying.

I have not had it looked at. I have have wondered if it was in any relation to a very large and deep plantar's wart I had nearly 15 years ago on the same foot and in almost the same area, but I cannot see anything unusual on the skin's surface.

I have also wondered if it was just a nerve misfiring from my lower back issues. I do have some lower back issues that affect my right sciatic nerve. I have had all sorts of sensations in my leg and foot from this, most notably a sensation as if someone has a thread tied around my second to last toe. Sometimes I get a very slight tingly or numb sensation there too.

Anyway I just wanted to say that I'm pretty sure I know the itching sensation you described, as it seems I have the same sensation the same spot on the same foot. I hope you find something at works for you.

May 18, 2009
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Thank you
by: Janine

Thank you answering so fast and with suggestion. if I cut it out again, I assume the nerves irritated with grow back each time? Again, thanks.

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