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sharp intense pain in second toe

by char
(kansas)

sharp intenese pain in second toe on left foot. feels like someone is stabbing it. it started aprox. 2 weeks ago. did not stub it. but when the pain hits i have to grab it. no matter sitting or standing, or even laying down. what can cause this?


Hi Char,
Read my section on Mortons neuroma and see if that sounds like your symptoms. If so, a visit to a local podiatrist would be indicated.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jun 16, 2017
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Pain in 2nd toe left foot
by: bev

I have two crush fractures in my back at t12 and l1 which occurred about 6weeks ago and today I have severe pain in my left foot around the little toe and the one next to it. It is so painful I can't put weight on it so walking is difficult. From everyone's comments it sounds as if it has something to do with my back. What action needs to be taken. I am waiting to have more X-rays and bone density tests.
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Apr 27, 2017
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Per Podiatrist, I need surgery on my 2nd toe to fix it.
by: Cindy

My right second toe is bent to wear I am walking on the tip of it. Both joints are swollen & it is turning sideways now. I have broken it many times over the years. Now with arthritis throughout my body, my toe is in real bad shape. My Podiatrist says that the only way to fix it is to have it sawed off & reconstructed. I've been trying to get my right knee replacement surgery for over a year now, and had to cancel it twice due to an infected big toe then illness. My knee replacement surgery is now scheduled for September 19th. I could probably get my toe surgery in June, but am worried it won't be healed enough by then.

Any suggestions?
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If your podiatrist and orthopedist both work out of the same hospital, why not consider having both procedures done at the same time?

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 08, 2017
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Foot pain
by: Rebee

Woke up with severe pain in second toe left foot. Tender to touch, swollen and red. No trauma. The tenderness can be felt up the foot from the toe. Any one know cause?
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With no history of trauma and fact that you "woke up with it" my first thought would be possibility of gout.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Nov 28, 2016
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Sharp pain on side of 2nd toe
by: Leigh

Hi all
I too have had a sharp pain in my right foot 2nd toe for about 6 months. The pain is like someone is inserting a pin in my skin near the tip on the side next to my big toe. When it happens the pain usually only lasts about 10 seconds at its most intense but then can be still felt up to 5 mins after but not as sharp and painful.
No trauma that i can recall and no swelling or redness. Just randomly comes without warning any time of day. Seems like others have the same sharp pain.

May 02, 2016
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Post Neurome Surgery
by: Carolyn

Has surgery for Mortons Neuroma 12 weeks ago, today my 2nd toe is very sensitive red and swollen, is this part or the healing process.

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Hi Carolyn,

At twelve weeks this is not part of the healing process. I would suggest you call your surgeon's office and see what they think.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 02, 2016
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I think it's a virus!
by: Anonymous

For me, I get it in the three middle toes of my left foot. It doesn't seem to happen when I am using it, it can happen when I am lying completely still. Therefore, I don't believe it is Friebergs disease, or anything like that. In my experience, the only thing that can be intensely sharp and stabbing, but of short duration tends to be a virus.

Jan 13, 2016
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Pain second toe right foot
by: Raymond

About two weeks ago I started getting a sharp pain in the 2nd toe today it's constant like someone grabbing it with pliers,I have a pretty high tolerance to pain but this is bringing tears to my eyes,I can hardly walk. After finally trying to figure it out I came across this page and after reading the comments I think I figured it out.I broke my back in 2005 and had surgery they found a piece of bone in my nerve canal witch severed a nerve causing sciatica down my right side. I've been in pain ever since I guess with time and age 57 this is what the end results are turning out to be I wish this pain on nobody hopefully I can get to a doctor and get help. This is the worst pain I've ever been in. Raymond
Utah

Jan 01, 2016
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second toe in right foot pain for a
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing in my right foot on the second toe. Did anyone find out what it was???? Its real intense when it happens but only lasts a few seconds. There is no swelling and looks normal. Thanks in advance everyone 😊

Dec 16, 2015
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oh no
by: Anonymous

I have pain in my second toe also. One Dr. says p.a.d. is causing it. Another says it is caused by cellulitis. Now after reading everyones problems I am sure I have 25 diseases and 1000's of problems. I know my comment is of no help but I think other people think as I do. so I'll just say lets keep going to a doctor until they find and cure the cause. In other words dont worry we cannot have every thing wrong with us. lol. I hope I helped the worriers.


Sep 12, 2015
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A partial / full fix Temp.
by: Don

I have the pain described here by numerous others. Tonight was the worst it's ever been. I have some Lidocaine Patches perscribed for other problems.

They are about 3 x 5 inchs and very sticky. I cut a one inch strip off one side and wrapped it around the offending toe. It slowed the pain down but didn't completly stop it.

A short while later I cut a patch about 1 1/2 by 2 and placed it on the top of my foot adjacent to the wrap around patch.

The pain is mostly gone, getting better as time goes on.

There are similar patchs sold without a script however they are not lido caine. They may also be useful. They do work for some other things.

Good Luck

Sep 04, 2015
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Toe pain in second toe
by: Anonymous

Look up "Frieberg Infraction disease".

Jul 02, 2015
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sharp shooting pain in second toe, left foot
by: ray

feels like a knife or razor scraping quickly along the bone. Lasts for a few seconds and then gone. I don't remember any trauma to that toe.

Jan 25, 2015
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sharp pain in toe
by: Deb

I also have had a pain in my second toe on my right foot. At first I thought I had been bitten and I removed my sock expecting to see a bite but there wasn't anything there. The pain is so intense like a pin piercing the skin. After reading others experiences on this thread it seems that some people have a bad back and this may be triggering the pain on the foot. I recently have pulled a muscle in my back and wondered if this could be the case?

Oct 18, 2014
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Intermittent toe pain
by: Christi

i am surprised to read about so many people with my symptoms. About a month ago I began experiencing a severe, painful ache in the second toe of my left foot. It will last from a few seconds up to about a minute. It may happen several times a day and some days it doesn't happen at all. I am about 50 pounds overweight and post menopausal. After researching these symptoms, it seems that it could be any number of things. I think I will try to eat healthy, exercise and stretch to try to find relief prior to entering the dark hole of the medical world.

Jun 04, 2014
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Toe pain
by: Deb

I too have the same symptom. Sharp intense pain in my second toe. It's so intense I have to stop what ever I am doing. Been going on the past month or so. Got really intense today so made an appointment with a podiatrist for tomorrow. Hoping to get help and answers. I'm hoping it doesn't happen when I'm driving. No swelling or dis coloring. Just intense pain that last several seconds. I have to flex my ties and squeeze with my hand. Feels like someone us stabbing my toe with an ice pick

Mar 21, 2014
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Type pain
by: Anonymous

This pain in my second left toe really us bothering me. It almost feels as if its being stuck with a needle , pinched, stretched like something is tearing. It comes and goes wen I get up to walk after I have laid down for awhile. Please help

Dec 26, 2013
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Freiburgs disease
by: Anonymous

Frieburgs Disease!!! it occurs in second or third toe at the base. I have had it since I was 13. Occurs more in women but does occur in men.

Nov 04, 2013
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pain on second toe also!
by: Anonymous

my pain started exactly 6 days ago, i thought a scorpion was biting me or some kind of bug, it was so painful my tears started rolling down!!! i got very scared cause it continued the following days, i googled it and found out its related to my spinal cord and yes my lower back has been hurting so much lately but i havent had the time to go see my chiropractor, i'll make my appt asap!!!!!

Apr 20, 2013
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Sharp pain in middle toe
by: Anonymous

It just started for me. Last night I was watching TV, all at once, I felt an extremely sharp pain on top of my middle toe and I thought for a second maybe a spider or some kind of bug had bit me; however I had my shoes and socks on so that wasn't the case. The pain was, sharp, instant, and excruciating, then went away only to come back in another 10 seconds. Last night it bother me thru the night, and this morning is no different... and I am worried! I am not diabetic, but I am hypoglycemic, so the sugar issue is non existent.
Otherwise, I am a healthy 70 years old with no mayor health issues. After reading all the threads and commentaries here, I am amazed that no one has come back with a logical answer to the cause of this "horrible" pain. I hope It will eventually go away on its own, otherwise, a doctor's visit is next.

Hi,
Although your pain does not have anything to do with diabetes it is important for you to know that sometimes chronic hypoglycemia can be a precursor to diabetes, so do not be lulled into a false assumption. (I am assuming when you say hypoglycemia, you mean very low blood sugars, as opposed to normal blood sugars).
As for your sudden pain on the top of your third toe, most insidious pain such as you describe will subside or even vanish in a day or so. So, unless you sustained some kind of trauma to your toe during the day (doing a lot of walking yesterday could be considered micro trauma) more than likely the pain will subside.
Three things that come to mind include irritation of the tendon on top of the toe. Perhaps an irritation to one of the two nerves that pass on top of the toe and lastly inflammation of one of the two joints that encompass the toe. If it is the latter, then the toe would also probably be swollen and mildly red in some portion of the toe.
My best advice would be to give it a couple of days, take an anti-inflammatory (if you can tolerate them) for a short duration of a few days and see it the problem resolves; if not as you have already suggested, see a foot specialist.

Marc Mitnick DPM
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Feb 08, 2013
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Painful second toe
by: Trish

I too have a throbbing pain in my second toe. I haven't injured it and have no idea why it started. I would be interested in hearing any ideas

Sep 01, 2012
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Second Toe Painful
by: Candy

I am also going thru the same thing. On my right foot the second toe, having a painful feeling. Not swollen but never injured it. But now noticing a dicoloration on the toe. This second toe in annoying with a everyday painful problem

Nov 18, 2011
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Pain in various toes... at different times
by: NancyA

I also have had pain in various toes, like someone is stabbing the tips of my toes. I have had high uric acid levels in the past which turned to be gout, I took 2 medicines and the pain gradually went away. After my last lab result, my rheumatologist decided I didn't have it after all, took me off the meds and now I have the pain back again. NEW DOCTOR and hopefully another uric acid test!!!

Jan 29, 2011
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Sharp pain in second Toe
by: G

This comment is directed mostly to Char. I have exactly that issue. It just started a week ago before I hurt my back 4 or 5 days ago jogging on the treadmill. I never have had any back issues! My back pain this past week was severe. I am thinking the sharp sudden attack of my left second toe at random times is related to something that has gone on with my back after reading some stuff online. Have you found out anything further? I am concerned, as the pain is so intense, but thankfully brief. It is so strange the pain is only in that second and maybe third toe. Any help understanding this... would be so appreciated.
G

Apr 06, 2010
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pain in toe
by: Anonymous

I HAVE A SHARP PAIN IN MY TOE, I WAS TOLD ITS FROM YOUR BACK, WHEN I DO STRECTCHES IT GOES AWAY FOR A WHILE, YOU NEED TO GET YOUR BACK CHECKED OUT.

Oct 22, 2009
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sharp intense pain in second toe
by: Anonymous

HI, I had exactly the same symptoms years ago for a few months. I visited the gp who wanted ti refer me to a mental pain clinic, suggesting my toe was sending wrong messages to brain.Needless to say i never went back. That was about ten years ago and it stopped for years. but recently started again. If you get any answers let me know

Jun 21, 2009
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Sharp pain in second toe, both feet
by: Anonymous

Over the past couple of weeks I have experienced sudden sharp pain in my second toe, sometimes lasting only seconds, and sometimes lasting up to 20 minutes or so. It is mostly on the right foot but sometimes occurs on the second toe of the left foot as well. It is a stabbing pain, but when I rub the area it does not feel tender. There is no swelling, discoloration, soreness, etc. The pain occurs every day, throughout the day and night. I have not mentioned it to anyone for fear they will think I'm crazy! I am not taking any new medication, do not wear high heels, and have not injured my feet. Any ideas or suggestions>

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