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Posted by Greg on August 15, 2000 at 00:39:45:

In Reply to: Mystery big toe pain posted by Greg on August 10, 2000 at 15:51:27:

: Though I am no stranger to the world of leg pain, I am not familiar with the difference between a bunion and a nerve problem and gout, etc... Breif history: Sprained my ankle about 10 years ago at age 18, have sprained (and broken once) the same ankle since many times. I wear a brace often and do some exercises, but i wouldn't be surprised if I've compensated for the occasional pain by walking funny. Which leads me to a gradual pain in my big toe. I guess it is a bunion, though it is more of a nerve-like pain that hurts a lot to touch when aggravated (though a "good" pain -- I like to massage it lightly. Call me sado-masochistic)... I can also "crack" the joint at will by flexing the toe upwards -- sometimes when it is really stiff I crack it every step I take to relieve the pain. I cannot bend it all the way forwward -- that feels like it would snap it right off. The pain has been there for years now, though it is gradually getting worse. There isn't THAT much of a noticeable angle to the bone, though a slight one is present. It gets a little red when aggravated. I plan on seeing a podiatrist soon, but thought I'd see if anyone has had similar experience or knows what the hell I am talking about. Thanks to those who read this entire message! Email me or reply.

Haven't a clue as to what your problem is but it might behoove you to read some on Morton's Neuroma? A podiatrist is an excellent idea but make sure you chose one that is FACFAS (Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons). Choose carefully! Second suggestion is to get a pair of running shoes (Nike, New Balance, Adidas, etc.) so that it absorbs some of the shock when you walk. Third suggestion is to get a pair of shoes made especially for your feet. Don't know where you are located but there is one place that I know of in central Maine called MacDonald's Shoes (they have a web site) Price is about $135 a pair and takes about 3 weeks to receive after the fitting. Remember if your feet hurt, you hurt all over! If surgery is suggested, get a second are going to live with the results the rest of your life. Good Luck!

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