Posted by Jan Harris
on July 12, 2000 at 20:21:21:
I have a strange pain in one big toe, but only when the foot is relaxed - when it's propped up, or when I'm
lying down. It feels as though the toe joint(s) slip sideways and catches on a nerve or something with a
sharp, shock-like pain that makes my toe ache for hours afterwards. It doesn't hurt to walk on it, and is not
red or swollen. The doctor said it obviously wasn't gout, but that he didn't know what the problem was.
It didn't hurt when he pushed the toe straight into my foot, but when he pulled it out, it lifted me right off
the table. He said his x-ray tech was off that day, so he didn't do x-rays and said they probably wouldn't
show anything anyway (?!) since the joint didn't appear to be broken. He suggested keeping the foot
wrapped, and that does prevent the toe from slipping and hurting; but it's been several weeks now and
when unwrapped, the problem is still there. Has anyone else had this problem? Or have any suggestions
as to what it might be? I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but for years both the joints in that big
toe would pop when I curled the toe - but without any pain at all.