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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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Nov 12, 2017
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This helped me!
by: Linda

last night my right foot started itching up by the big toe and bottom of the foot. I've had this before various parts of my upper feet near my toes. It absolutely drives me nuts. Last night I was reading this page and all the different ideas. I finally got a little sleep by putting paper Medical over triamcinolone a c e t o n i d e cream. Today the itching was extreme and I was trying anything I could fine. Finally the pain went away after icing the area with an ice cube and then applying rubbing alcohol and then applying Vicks Vapor Vapor Rub and keeping my foot elevated. The itching has been gone for hours and I'm not going crazy now. I hope in some way this helps others because this pain and itching and swelling is so real!

Nov 04, 2017
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I have a dedicated fork
by: Foot Fork

I have had this itch on my right foot since 1989. It's on the arch near my heel. I have an old fork that I keep near my bed. It's my foot scratchin' fork. I also have an understanding spouse. I've suffered from damaged nerves from Lyme and Bartonella leaving me with peripheral neuropathy. Not sure if it's related. I never thought to tell my doctor. I thought he'd think I'm crazy. Me and my foot fork.

Oct 28, 2017
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Intense maniacal itch
by: Margo

Over a period of 10 years or so I ve experienced about 5 episodes of this intense maniacal itch on the bottom of my right foot just below the toes. It always happens without warning and always when I’m driving. There had been 4 years since the last episode when I just had one a couple days ago. I almost lost control of my vehicle and all I could do was scream as it was so intense, and pound my foot against the floor of the car. When I was finally able to park and fling off my shoe, the only thing that brought relief was the large end of a key which brought relief after causing pain to the area. My time was limited because I had a plane to catch, the itch continued but not nearly as intense for about half an hour. Hopefully it’s gone forever but if not maybe I’m good for at least a few years.

Oct 27, 2017
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Rub for relief
by: Audrey

I have been plagued with a similar itch in my right heel, it's so annoying. I have the worst issues at night, I often wake to the maddening itch. I have recently realized that when it flares up, I need to massage the spot, not scratch at it. With lotion on my foot, I will knead the spot with my thumb for a minute, using as much pressure as I can, and then I can go back to sleep and I'm good. If I scratch at it, the itch subsides as long as I'm scratching, but once I stop, the itch starts up again. In case you are wondering, I don't think the lotion itself helps with the itch, I think it just makes it easier to massage my heel properly.
I hope this can help someone else. Good luck.

Oct 19, 2017
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' THE 'SOFT SPOT' FOOT ITCH FROM HELL'
by: JOANIE

Now I know I am not INSANE!!!...IT ALL STARTED BACK IN 1986, there I was sitting in my college Biology class engrossed in the lecture...and then it happened! A itch so deep I couldn't satisfy it. Yes, I took my shoe off...I didn't give a flying 'FK'...my Proff was so full of himself he didn't pay attention to any of us anyway! I took my brand new dissecting kit and began to disarm that ITCH...needless to say, that ITCH has stood the test of time. She's a 'BAD ITCH'! I look at my perfectly pink and soft well kept 'soft spot', and just can't believe this sh_t has been a part of my life longer than any man, family member, or pet....FK IT!...I am just gonna electrocute that ITCH! Let it itch then!...BTW...I just finished stabbing the 'SH_T out of that ITCH! I guess I will be given a ITCH-SLAUGHTER CHARGE! But to keep it real...I am armed with salt, vinegar, lemons, (hey, all the ingredients for a light salad dressing...(LMAO) diclofenac solution, Gorilla tape, cotton pads and cotton balls, a TENS UNIT, fingernail file, sterile ice pick, and a EXORCISM manual...because this is the ITCH FROM HELL! STAY POSITIVE...I believe we girls have been singled out by this 'B-ITCH'...It seems to be more common in the female species. So I guess she is HEAD 'B-ITCH'IN CHARGE! I will be investigating this issue intensely...there has to be a solution...there must be some method to this MADDNESS!!!! Catch y'all later... Peace

Oct 12, 2017
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CURED
by: Claude

Hi everyone, I finally got rid of after 6 months of an illness, I had an itch at a point of the right foot (in the bow) at random moments of the day, especially after eating or in the evening. The problem was due to a jaw loss due to a devitalized tooth and too low compared to the original tooth. After inserting a new capsule I did not have the itch. Probably when I serried my teeth I generated a nerve loss that came to my feet, out of my mind!
Any remedy read on the site did not work or was not resolved anyway
I recommend you check your jaw
Sorry for my english!
Claude

Oct 12, 2017
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Episodes are getting stronger and longer
by: Tess

I also suffer from an extreme itch on the ball of my left foot. Started over ten years ago - at first it only lasted a few minutes - I would be desperate to scratch it but that didn't bring any lasting relief, but again it was only a few minutes then would calmed down and disappear.

Now, the last few episodes have been both stronger and have lasted far longer (hours then two-three days for the last one) resulting in sleep being interrupted and feeling like a zombie because of it. These episodes occur randomly - maybe 2 times a year but the last two were only a few months apart. For the last few episodes, I utilized my shakti pillow - this brought immediate relief for the one episode (look up shakti mat - it is a portable version of a 'bed of nails'and can be used to apply pressure to various points on the body - the pillow is used for feet and neck). It provided almost immediate relief from the itch - disappeared quickly. However, for the last episode, though it did bring relief for the itching it did not eliminate it. I read about using benadryl, anti-fungus ointment and topical itch cream - the ointments didn't seem to do anything but helped a bit with at least soothing the skin. So the ultimate solution (for this last episode at least) was to take an antihistamine over-the-counter pill and use the shakti pillow.

Oct 10, 2017
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Itchy spot on foot
by: Gail

I have had this itchy spot on my left foot for years. It is worse at night. Tried scratching with everything. I am currently using a back scratcher, metal. Helps a little, but I still need something sharper. I understand this to be something deep in the foot. Can be treated but side affects are not very pleasant. I will continue to scratch until a cure is found.

Oct 09, 2017
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Menthol Rub
by: CV

I, too, have an incessant itch on the bottom of my foot. I'm pretty sure my scratching has caused a small callous to form.
In any event, I recently read that applying a menthol rub (like you'd rub on your chest for a cold) on the area and then putting on a cotton sock could help.
I first scrubbed the spot with a pumice stone and then applied the rub and the sock, and it's helped a great deal! I've had no significant itch since I started. My callous has even softened.
I just do it while I'm at home and over night. I recommend doing it a few days in a row.
Good luck!

Oct 08, 2017
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Gah!!
by: Candace

I thought I was the only one I am so glad that I am not I swear for years and years I have had this same itch on my left foot I have scratched with everything I can think of including scissors! an old hair brush works great! It is only in the one spot on that foot too! Does anyone else find it's the itchiest when you are trying to goto bed!!? I do get a lot of neck and back pain and thought it could be a nerve or something because there is no particular spots or dots on my foot other then the hole I've put there on occasionfrom scratching so much! The only thing I can think of is about 20years ago I had a planters wart on one of my feet maybe it relates to something like that!? Anyways whatever the source may be I am going to give a lot of these suggestions a go! There are days where I feel like I could stick a knife in my foot to get to that deep spot, because of those days I am willing to try anything!! Thanks everyone!!

Oct 06, 2017
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A cream that works!
by: Gus

I originally posted a comment back in June about an itchy spot on the bottom of my left foot. The podiatrist prescribed me a topical which I figured wouldn't work since none of the others I've tried worked but this one did! It's called TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE. It didn't work at first, but after 3 days of applying it 4x a day the itch is almost gone. I've been using it for 2 months and now I only apply it when I feel it getting itchy which is maybe once a day. Also, when it does get itchy, it's definitely not as severe as before. Hopefully this info will help some of you. :)

Sep 30, 2017
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Self Hypnosis anyone?
by: Viswanath

I knew I wasn't alone since world has 7 billion people. Thanks for sharing your plight. Several of you have suggested various remedies. Mine is a red spot about the size of a 1/8th inch diameter circle where the third and fourth toes meet, on the left foot. Most of the people have complained it is the left foot and at least two in the last two years have it in the same location as I do. This is good to know. Reflexology as suggested, I see that there are more than one foot chart with different diagnosis or problem relating to several different parts of the body. Hence I don't trust it any more than toothpaste and salt.

I live in SoCal and I suspect this itch started after being at the beach. Maybe it is fungal or a parasite that does not show up much on an MRI, or does not spread. Earth has so many life forms.

I went to a podiatrist, who ripped several layers of the skin to reveal the red spot better. The itch worsened for few days. He gave ketokanazol fungal ointment and triaminole steroid onitment. Applied it for four days, itch has subsided. However there is a general burning feeling in the whole area. I wonder if the cream is chemically burning the foot tissue. I don't want to stop applying either, since it may lead to a resistant variety of fungus, assuming it is fungal.

I used to have serious neck pain in the past. Read about it and found that it is purely mental thing and hypnosis works. I did tell myself that the neck pain is purely in my mind for a few weeks, and I must heal from within, sort of like self hypnosis.

Now that I know there is no one cure, maybe will try self hypnosis or meditation to send a signal to my brain to disregard the itch. Hope it works.


Sep 30, 2017
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Got 5-10 times worse after back surgery
by: Marcus

I've had it for about the last 18 years sometime during high school started with injuries from football and baseball and wrestling. But it didn't start getting extremely bad until I had back surgeries and foot surgeries and knee surgeries. Especially after the back surgery where I got completely dead areas on my feet and legs. For temporary relief I'll slap my legs to jar something inside of them to give some sort of relief because scratching only damages skin I could never get to the itch. Recently I tried one of those muscle vibrators, that can help and sometimes make it it's a little more it may work for some of you if you want to try it. I've never heard of the toothpaste remedy that when I'll have to try or the salt. If that doesn't work I may go for the injections of a steroid something to help alleviate it. I have severe insomnia already before this and as many of you know this will drive you up the wall during the nights. Time to refill my Xanax to help calm the mind until I can figure some of this out. To all those out there wondering if you're alone obviously you're not I've lived by a Creed with all my 20 + surgeries I've had I tried to remember it can always be worse and someone's always had it worse than you try to keep that in mind when you feel like you're alone, you're not.

Sep 26, 2017
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It's a fungal infection!!!!!
by: Rachel

Hi I've had this too for 15 years. I found out 5.years ago it's a fungal infection and I needed very strong anti fungal tablets for 3-4 weeks. It went away and came back 3 years later when I was run down. I took the tablets again and it's returned again a year later.

Aug 24, 2017
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Worst itch in the world
by: Eve

This has to be the worst itch in the world. I have found that taking a Benadryl, two if it's really bad, works. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes, but it works. Mine has been going on for years. Usually if I've had dark chocolate or ice cream. I have Type 2 Diabetes. If I'm out of Benadryl taking a very hot bath works, too.

Aug 22, 2017
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since 1991
by: ann

i have had this itch since 1991. Its not everyday, but when the "attack" hits it usually lasts for a few weeks, then it stops. I dont know where it goes. I tried the white toothpaste, and salt and it does work. I mean it really really works. i am so grateful for that. The only thing, i cant cover it so I have to re-do my sheets everyday because I get salt granules. I even heard of using capzasin. Anyone try that? I use the toothpaste and salt at night only. If not about 2 hours after i go to bed the itch starts and its maddening. I have an air-conditioner coil comb under my pillow just to scratch. This is so wild that so many people have it. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. But whoever recommended the white toothpaste and salt is my hero.

Aug 19, 2017
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Me too
by: Rashmi

I never thought there are so many with the same problem as mine!! I'm going to try the "toothpaste plus salt" solution & I hope it works for me,too.
I,too, have this terribly itchy spot on my left foot for about last 10 years. I ,too, tried so many things but nothing worked.
Thanks all for sharing your experiences & experiments.
If the toothpaste thing doesn't work, I'm going to try more natural remedy of the "mustard oil & lemon".
Hope it works, keeping fingers crossed.

Aug 13, 2017
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Terrible itch
by: Bikash

I have been having a localized itch on my heel for two years now. I have tried every topicals, fungal creams, and many home remedies. Nothing helps. First I tried some kind of oil - relieved me for a week and the itch came back. I tried Betamethasone Bipropionate - this helped for 5 days and again the itch came back. There is no stronger steroid than this. I am feeling this could be a neurological issue and I am going to try this TENS machine or RF Eblation.

Aug 11, 2017
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Left Foot
by: Stephen

I read through aa lot of comments and found it interesting how many people have this problem on their left foot! Is that weird? Anyone have the issue on their right foot and I just missed it in the descriptions?

I fee like it acts up after I take my socks off from a long day at work or after intense physical activity where my socks get soaked with sweat.

My spot is located on my left foot and a couple inches below what I could call the index toe. The itch is unbearable at times and can lead to a small dime size irritates area. Sometimes I scratch at it until I peel the skin off my foot. I haven't even tried anything, I'm not even sure where to start. This has been an issue for 3-4 years.

Aug 10, 2017
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That I am not the only one with that damned itch
by: Relieved

32 years, 20 for some of you. dear lord! 9 months here and is agonizing! Tried it all! The doctor is scratching his head ! The Oates was vinegar, apple vinegar!!! I may just break the bottle and scratch my foot with it!!

Aug 01, 2017
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Itchy spot
by: Ang

Hi I also have this deep itch on my left foot below my big toe, drives me insane, like it will start as a tingle and then the itch....which seems to never want to stop
Poking sharp objects onto it seems to ease it but may last upto half an hour at times....very frustrated

Jul 23, 2017
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Tried the tens machine
by: Jane

After reading the comments by Nellie I bought and tried a tens machine and it worked amazingly. I am not sure how it works,
but it does! My itch usually lasts a few days and goes away for months at a time.

Jul 21, 2017
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Solution
by: Pintu

I had also been through this itchy,intrusive thing on my left foot and ofcourse in the middle of the foot. And after a 4 years it got hardened without any reason then i use "ECLOV-S" CREAM which remove that hardened part because of its ingredient of salicylic acid in cream. Afer few days that itchy problem again raise on the same spot with great intensity then i use the "MIX OF MUSTARD OIL AND LEMON" and rub the spot with this mixture now it has been completely gone and finally i get rid off this thing. One can also try this if have any.

Jul 20, 2017
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My Remedy!!
by: Jennifer

A friend mixed some essential oils for me in a roller bottle to rub on when my foot gets itchy! Melaluca, peppermint, and lavender. A drop or two of each mixed with coconut oil has done the trick! She uses Do-terra oils

Jul 19, 2017
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Try this
by: Going Crazzzzzzzy

The only thing that works for me is to submerge my foot in the hottest water I can stand. To the point it feels like I might be scolding my foot. In fact it's so hot I can only leave it in for a few seconds. Relief comes quickly but not always able to have a container of scolding water around.

I ordered a blood srgar test kit on the advice of my doctor to see if it could be related to adult onset diabatis.

Jul 13, 2017
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Itchy right foot
by: Ayanna

Ive tried everything and the itch still won't go way on my right foot....

Jul 01, 2017
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Left foot itch
by: Katie

I have this too, I have a spot on my left foot only just by my heel in the arch of my foot and it itches like crazy. I had it for about 3 months 3 years ago when I was pregnant and now it's come back (I'm not pregnant) At work I itch it all day on the edge of a Perspex box under my desk. It wakes me in the night too - it never goes and it's driving me CRAZY what can it be?

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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