I use to have this shooting pain from the inside of my left big toe once in a while. All day today I've been having this same pain and it's driving me nuts. I'd take a picture of my toes but they look fine, they arn't curved , swollen, or red. I have a herniated disc in my lower back that's been affecting my left leg and I guess I'm just wondering if that could be a reason for this pain. The pain is on the tip of the toe on the left side. I also get the pain injections (with steriods) in my back and I wasn't sure if they could have made it worse. It seems to really act up when my feet get cold so I'm confused. I just don't want people to think I'm making this up anymore as there are no visual signs of pain. Have you heard of anything like this before?
Hi Michelle, Yes, I have heard of this before. You may have a radiculopathy meaning the nerves coming out of the spinal cord are irritated and can cause sensations like you describe. I do not know how old you are but the fact that cold weather seems to aggravate the condition alerts me to the possibility of vascular insufficiency to the toe which could also cause similar symptoms. I would recommend you see a podiatrist and get an accurate answer to your problem. Marc Mitnick DPM
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