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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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Sep 07, 2019
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Likely caused by a nerve
by: Lifelong scratcher

My left foot has had the same itchy spot for 45 years! My parents noticed it when I was a toddler, often pulling my left shoe off to scratch what appeared to be nothing---several times each day. As I grew older my family was horrified because it didn't matter where/when/how--if it started itching, it HAD TO BE SCRATCHED. Driving? Dinner table? School? Middle of the night? It had to be scratched or stabbed at right then! I've been to several dermatologists who tested for fungus (nope) and prescribed a cream or ointment, but nothing worked. Finally a doctor told me it was probably a nerve that is sending a very strong (but false) itch message to my brain. That made sense since it felt so deep under the surface. I was prescribed Gabapentin which really does seem to work, but I take it as little as possible since it makes me groggy and can't be focused on one area, so it affects the entire body. People understand better if you tell them that the urge is as strong as sneezing, and trying not to scratch would be like trying to not sneeze. My skin feels a little thick there due to the continual scratching. There are pedicure tools that have a battery-powered spinning pumice. I do this every night. It doesn't take away the itch, but it does eliminate a lot of the bad night time itching (I often scratched it with my other toenail until it bled while I slept). The nightly pumice is keeping the skin from breaking/bleeding, so the rest is bearable. Basically I live with the itch which is about 3-10 times per day, pumicing and lotioning to alleviate it somewhat. I always thought it was just me and was happy to find that I wasn't alone when I found this site!

Aug 23, 2019
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You are scaring me.
by: Gramme

Here I am, 4:30 a.m. searching for answers to something that just happened. I woke up to what feels like the bone in the bottom pad of my left foot itching, deep itching. Scratching does not touch it. Lordy, you people are scaring me with the comments that it probably won't go away, all of the meds, creams, and shots with basically no results. And it goes on for years. I am a 77 yo female and I honestly don't want my remaining years to be spent icing, heating, massaging, soaking, and scratching my foot. I take no prescription meds (don't have anything that requires them, wouldn't if I did). I have completed 10 sessions with a wonderful hands on chiropractor for non-diabetic neuropathy, which I have had for several years. I will ask him Monday if maybe this is nerve reaction to the treatments. My first go to was some DMSO gel, then a couple drops of DoTerra Oregano oil. Instant relief. Maybe because it's my first episode, or it may not be as severe as I'm seeing with the rest of you, but I am going back to bed, hopefully with this behind me. I will let you know if it returns, then I will try this remedy again. If it doesn't work, on to more searching. Nite, ya'll.

May 03, 2019
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Itchy Feet
by: Grasshopper

I used to get the same thing, and I would get it regularly on my feet and on my fingers while I was in my late teens through my mid 30's. It would be a sudden deep, isolated itch with no signs of anything on the skin. Relief would only come if I scratched it deep until my skin sheared at the isolated spot (no pus, more like a dry blister) and only after I cut that sheared skin open. Instantly at the very moment I cut open the sheared skin, the itch would stop.

In my mid 30's I stopped getting these things on my fingers and instead of getting it at random spots on my feet, I kept getting the same spot itching on the side of my left heel and the frequency of recurrence has dropped dramatically. I have no idea what caused the change.

I did try "Baby Foot" twice (www.babyfoot.com), but can't say if there was any effect. Still maybe worth a try...

Apr 02, 2019
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Deep Pinpoint Itch
by: Cassie

It will happen all of a sudden without warning, this bright deep pinpoint Isolated itch with no signs, no redness, no dryness nothing to see.

If you draw a line from the area between the big toe and second toe down to the bottom of the thick portion under the big toe is where it happens. Just where I need pressure points with something sharp if I wear high heels.

It does not itch around that pinpoint spot although its so intense when it happens you may think it does, but it is only relieved if scratching the pinpoint spot.

So may here have tried to scratch and twirl and do all sorts of things as I have for years since childhood.

I do believe it has something to do with diabetes, or the nerves. When I use to eat high fructose corn syrup...or products with hfcs in it, that area of my foot would really act up and start that deep itch. It also is triggered when my foot gets cold.

Sometimes I feel as if it is bone deep.

Sep 29, 2018
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by: zurc

So...my insurance will no longer cover RF ablation so I tried using a tens unit as someone posted and it works, it really does work!!! The moment it started itching, I took the two gel pads, strategically placed them to each side of the itch and turned that thing on. I started with low strength and alternated between different modules. It feels like the itch is being scratched at its source. It would start to feel as if the itch was over powering the tens, so I cranked that baby up slowly, over the hour it would be on. I started putting it on the following day even though the itch was gone.
The itch came back 3 times and it hasnt returned yet. My itch is usually a lot more persistant but this has kept it from returning.


Sep 24, 2018
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Itchy feet
by: Dee

Thought that I was the only one that was going Through this, read a lot of stories on this site and me myself had been dealing with this for about eight years it’s Horrible, I have deep itching at the ball of both feet, including the arch of both. My right heel has an deep itch, including the right side of my foot, I also itch in between my toes on both feet. This is also very irritating and embarrassing , The itching seems to happens when I’m around people at the point , you just want to rip your shoe and socks off but you just have to deal with it because it’s people around you. But it seems like that itch takes forever to ease off, well today I’m going to the Podiatrist so I Definitely will mention the denatured alcohol injections thanks to this site. My Primary care physician Diagnose me with Prephrial Neuropathy , but my Neurologist ruled it out so I’m lost. Although I do have a bulging disc.

Sep 13, 2018
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itchy bottom of foot
by: Fort Worth

Me too! The itch is insatiable. As if it is coming from within my foot. It's not topical at all. I have had numerous lower back procedures (injections) from a terrible horse accident. I'm starting to think this is the culprit.

Sep 11, 2018
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Itchy foot
by: Jayne

Hi people, great comments really helped but can anyone tell me is their foot painful whilst walking? It's not only the itching but I constantly feel that I have a stone in my shoe. Would be great to hear from anyone who has this and any remedies.

Aug 16, 2018
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#MeTo
by: #Me To

I have had this spot for years! It's right above my arch towards by big toe ball (lol). I have scratched it on everything and anything! It's like the bone is itching! It comes and goes throughout the year, not sure what triggers it. I end up scratching it until a weird shaped itchy spot rises up.... Then the whole area gets red and puffy from all the scratching and becomes raw. It's terrible! Now I even had it spead to the SAME SPOT ON THE OTHER FOOT 😖!

Aug 11, 2018
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Power tools & asphalt
by: Kurt

My people! I've found you!

My itch has been so insatiable that I've used power tools (electric sander or drill with an abrasive stone) and asphalt curbs to scratch my itch. This often ends up with a bloody foot but I just can't force myself to care because the itch is SO BAD! The skin isn't particularly dry or discolored, however a red spot can be seen in the center of the itchy spot while scratching.

I've found that a TWICE DAILY application of CeraVe Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil helps. When I ran out of CeraVe, I used some Dr Teal's Body Lotion with Pink Himalayan & Essential Oils and it WORKED EVEN BETTER. The itch finally went away with a regular application of lotion and I eventually stopped using it for a couple of weeks. BIG MISTAKE! I just woke up scratching the bottom of my foot until it's once again bleeding.

I'm going to try the 'tonic water with quinine' suggestion and see if I can get back to sleep right after I lotion up my sole and put a sock on my foot. I'll talk to my doctor about the injections too, if the lotion is slow to respond. Thanks for all your suggestions!

Aug 01, 2018
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itchy bottom of foot
by: Dr. Mitnick

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itchy bottom of foot



It is important to make this distinction:
If there is some kind of rash or hard spot on the bottom of the foot in the itchy area, then creams such as cortisone cream, anti-fungal creams and even moisturizers will probably help.
It may require trial and error to figure out which topical medication works for you. Also be advised that over the counter cortisone creams are very weak and may not work, where a prescription formula might.
However, if the itchy area of on the bottom of the foot is of the same appearance as the rest of the foot, then you need to be thinking along the lines of either a local nerve entrapment/irritation or, a problem with the nerves coming out of the spine.
In this situation an injection of either cortisone or denatured alcohol directly into the itchy area may work wonders.
An evaluation by a back specialist may be required to rule out the back as the source of the itching.

Jun 30, 2018
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More common than I thought!
by: KP

Oh brother, I thought I was the only one with this strange malady that wakes me in the night and scratching it does not relieve the itch. I never associated it with a nerve, but dang that makes sense! I've been treated the past two years for nerve pain in my toes; after many treatments, including nerve block and cortisone, I was referred to a surgeon who went in and discovered a compressed nerve. One problem fixed, but I still have the darn itch that won't go away!!
I'll have to try some of the other suggestions mentioned here.

May 25, 2018
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#METOO
by: Tanya

Spot has been on right foot, over a decade.sometimes its flaky, if I scratch with the wrong item, it will crack and bleed a bit, turning into a stinging sensation. Painful, deep itch...I have a special "rock" at home, its divine. When I travel, I use the Amope pumice, but usually take it directly to "the spot". Not found any creams or ointments. No Dr. Has been able to diagnose.

May 22, 2018
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Ugh
by: Tapanga

Im glad im not the only one i feel crazy but this itchiness is driving me crazy!

May 13, 2018
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Me Too
by: Carol

I feel like I've found my people! I've had intermittent itching on the bottom of my left foot for about 6 years. It can go away for a few months, but then it comes back its unbearable. I scratch with anything I can get my hands on. The scratching has formed a huge callous that makes the skin impenetrable, so moisturizers don't make a difference. I use a pumice stone and foot file to try to keep the callous under control. It eventually starts to peel and I can peel away layers of skin till it's raw. But the itch is still there. I've had multiple visits to the dermatologist and podiatrist, used multiple topicals, tested for fungus - negative, and even had a cutting edge new test (from a shaving) to test for something possible genetic, fungus, and other disease. It came back "normal". Another theory is that its cause from an imbalance in my feet/walking, because I have ankle issues on my right foot and I'm possibly favoring that foot. I got custom orthotics but still have the itch. I have a special steroid tape ($50 AFTER insurance) that I can leave on for a few days at a time, but still doesn't work. Like many of you, I enjoy spinning around barefoot on my concrete driveway. It seems to come on more in the evening, either when I get in the car to drive home, or once I sit down on the sofa for the evening.
After reading through this thread, I'm intrigued that it could be nerve related. Sometimes it will start to itch during yoga class.
Another interesting development is that about 6 months ago the same type of itch started on my left thumb.
There are a few mentions here of cortisone shots - wondering if anyone had had any success with those. I might have missed the comments.
Here's to all of you - hoping we can find a permanent solution to this so that our forks can stay in the silverware drawer :)
Carol

May 11, 2018
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Quinine
by: Christine

Have episodes of this horrendous foot itch in various spots on the bottom of my left foot, usually at night. Wakes me right up, the itch is painfully severe. I find that drinking a bottle of tonic with quinine helps. Must have quinine. Then I just get up and start walking around until it dies down enough to go back to bed. Have not found a lotion that helps. Quinine also helps with restless leg syndrome, which I also get. I too have had numerous lower back procedures so assume it’s nerve related.

May 01, 2018
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Me too!
by: JCP

My foot itch has been going on since I was 4 years old. I'm 30 now. It is awful! Left foot, on the ball to about an inch below. It is itchy all day and all night. I wake up at night and find myself scratching it with my right toe nail. I will often scratch it on carpet until a blister forms which helps take the itch from a 10 to about a 5 for a few days. I scratch my foot on everything and anything - sharp scissors, finished drink caps, a pedicure stone, back of the tv converter, etc. Nothing stops the itch. I feels deeper, like in the middle of my foot and I can just never get to it. I've shredded layers of skin trying to get the source of the itch, but it never works. I've seen various dermatologists who tell me nothing can be done, scratching it only makes it worse. I take care of my feet and make sure a callus doesn't form, so I'm at a loss for what to do next. I read here or somewhere else that maybe a cortisone shot would help? I see a new dermatologist in June. I'm going to suggest it and see what they say. I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that suffers with this. I feel your pain (itch) everyone!
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A cortisone injection might help, the only problem is that you will need a needle inserted directly into the bottom of the foot (painful). My suggestion would be to see a podiatrist who could first give you what is known as a PT block in the ankle to numb the bottom of the foot (less painful). Then, you could have the cortisone injection directly into the bottom of the foot without any discomfort. A dermatologist would not be able to do that.

Marc Mitnick DPM

May 01, 2018
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Omg! I found a club!
by: Anonymous

Holy crap, guys! I cannot believe there are so many of us. I’ve googled this many times, and never come up with ANYTHING. I am going crazy with this itch. Mine is on the left foot, just left of the arch. I’ve had it for years. I’ve wondered if I could get a shot in it. It bothers me most at night, or when I first take my shoes off for the night. We HAVE to figure this out before we all go insane. Lol. I am constantly saying how I just want to take a drill to it, or just cut it out. Lol. (I am profusely itching my foot as I type this...)

Apr 25, 2018
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Frackin' Itch!!
by: Fernrain

My itch is on my right foot. It's on the bottom, just past the heel toward the toes.
I do think mine is worse at night too.
It is an itch I just cannot scratch!
It think it's hilarious to see what people scratch with. I scratch that sucker with anything I can find. I've tried a fine tooth comb, but that was too tickly. :-D A vent hair brush has worked before! A bottle lid (once I'm done with the drink of course)! An ink pen, the metal gear part of a lighter (the part that turns and let's you light it). I know I've used so many things to attempt to alleviate this itch.

I'm glad I'm not crazy anymore :D

Mar 12, 2018
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SAME!!!
by: Denise

I also have this annoying itch on my left foot about 2 inches below my big toe. It's been about 13 years or so. It came out of nowhere and hasn't stopped since. It went as far as me taking the clippers to my foot and peeling away some skin to try and get to the bottom of it. Of course nothing helps. I've used just about everything to satisfy the itch. Knives, forks, remote backs, you me it. I think it's really odd a lot of people have this problem and no one knows what the hell it is!?! At least I know I'm not going crazy

Mar 08, 2018
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I'm not alone!
by: Argh!!

Yes! Omg this drives me absolutely crazy!!! It started about 5 years ago. Looked down at my nail on my big toe on my left foot and saw the nail growing out white? Thought I must have dropped something on the nail bed ages before that, then forgot all about it. A few months later I banged my toes on the bottom of a door, looked down and my whole toe nail came off!!!!! Ever since then, IV had this raging itch on the ball bit on the underside of big toe, all the way along the pad bit underneath my other toes. My nail grows back all crusty and gross. Doc took a sample of nail to see if it was a fungas, but it came back all clear?! Wtf!? I've tried OTC creams, but nothing takes this itch away. I've scratched so hard that I've made my feet bleed. The thing that helps the most with the itch is getting on my tip toes with the just the squishy pad bit on the floor, and rubbing it on the concrete out the back. Works a charm. I've just noticed a hard little lump in the arch of the same foot. Could it be related? Any help would be wonderful as I'm all out of ideas

Jan 20, 2018
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Itchy spot on my right foot
by: Renee

I also have that deep itch on the bottom of my foot, right below my big toe. I have used anything I could find to scratch it. Forks, back scratchers, screw drivers, you get the idea. The only relief I can find is essential oils. With a carrier oil I add same amount of drops of lavender, naiouli, and peppermint. It last for several hours.

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 t