I have had this pain in my third or middle toe for at least the past three years. Over the course of time I have determined that it hurts the most when I wear shoes that do not have any support (Chuck Taylors or dress shoes) and when I go bare foot. It is getting to the point where I walk around in Crocs all day while at home and wear running shoes when I go out. Sometimes I completely forget about the pain and get by just fine. However, once I hurt the toe I have to stay off it completely. The pain is very sharp! It only hurts when I am applying pressure to the toe area.
I can not recreate the pain by manipulating my toe with my hands. It only hurts when I put my foot on the ground and push off the toe. When I wear cushioned shoes (such as the Crocs) I don't feel pain, but sometimes the toe feels agitated.
I am 25 and lead a pretty active lifestyle. Unfortunately, I am unemployed and without insurance at the moment or I would go have it checked out. I have been trying to self-diagnose my problem for a while now. It sounds like I might have Morton's Neuroma or possibly a fracture. I am not sure.
If anyone has any advice, I would be so grateful if you would share with me. Soon as I find employment I am getting my butt into a doctors office to have it checked out.
* where does it hurt
The base of my third toe on my left foot.
* how long has it hurt for
For at least three years now, the pain is off and on.
* how bad is the pain
Very sharp! I limp around because I am afraid to put weight on the foot once I hurt it.
* what where you doing when it started
I have no idea. It has been like this for a while.
* what have you done for it so far
I stopped wearing shoes without cushion. I stopped walking bare foot also.
* anything relieve it
Staying off it for a day or two
* what have you been told about it so far
My mom is a nurse and has no idea what is wrong with it.
* is it affecting your ability to work or play sport
Yes. I can walk/run and do P90X plyometrics when wearing my Nike running shoes. It still is annoying however.
* do you have any other sorts of symptoms
I have experienced cramping in my feet when doing squats with a barbell at times. I also have numbness in my toes every now and again.
* what country you are in (different countries have different health systems; different scopes of practice of different disciplines; access to care might be different)
I live in the USA, FL.
***I was just doing my P90X plyometrics workout and hurt my bad toe during jumping knee tucks! I wasn't landing softly enough. I will limp around the rest of the night and avoid putting any pressure on the foot until tomorrow. Usually one night of rest is all I need.
This is really starting to bum me out.