My toe was definately the last stage and I finally resorted to surgery after I couldn't even press the gas pedal on the car without getting shooting pains up my leg. Mr surgeon said when he got in there I had hundereds of bone spurs, and no cartlidge left. It is no wonder that running for a short ball on the tennis court and stopping suddenly would be awful! Cleaned out all the bone spurs, and fused. I am early 40's..
Good luck to you both! Hope you both find a great dr. and heal quickly.