Posted by David M
on October 23, 2000 at 20:23:38:
About a week ago I was walking in shoes when I suddenly felt as if I'd stepped on a piece of glass -- a stabbing pain came from the underside of my big toe. I took my shoes and socks off, inspected the area, but could find no redness, no apparent point of entry, or anything else that looked as if I'd been stabbed... but sure enough, when I pressed on the area or flexed or contracted my toe, the stabbing pain hit me from a particular spot where the toe joint bends and forms a crease.
It has been that way for a week now, and comes and goes. It is in my left big toe only, where the skin/flesh creases when I curl my toe. I can literally pinpoint the spot, as if a needle is being pushed into my toe. There is still no redness, no swelling, no scaly skin, no itching... and although there is a slight callous, the callous has always been there and there's one on the opposite toe, too, that presents no symptoms. It's not a corn; I've had those in the past and recognize them.
Any clues? It isn't getting worse, just hurts like hell. If I bend and straighten my toe several times, quickly, it hurts a lot, but the pain goes away, as if it has exhausted itself. A few minutes later, especially if I haven't moved it, the pain comes back. On bad days, I walk funny and my whole foot ends up hurting.